Lussick avoids long lay-off

20 February 2018 06:19:19 EST
Jake Trbojevic (above) is pleased that Darcy Lussick has escaped serious injury.

Manly Sea Eagles are relieved that prop Darcy Lussick won't be out for a long time after he was injured in their trial match against the Sharks.

His absence means the Sea Eagles will be without him for more than a month. But it had been feared the front-rower would be facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines, so there's consolation for coach Trent Barrett even though Lussick leaves a big hole in the line-up.

Lussick had been named captain for the clash at Southern Cross Group Stadium, but went down in the opening minutes with a left ankle injury he suffered in his first hit-up. Scans have shown he has a high ankle sprain, meaning he'll be on the sidelines for up to five weeks.

The prop said he would be doing everything possible to return sooner than that.

"I still am ready for a big 2018 and hopefully I will only miss one game," he said. "I had a pretty good pre-season, I think, and I've been injury-free, obviously until this, but I am looking forward to a good year this year."

Team-mate Jake Trbojevic said it was good news for the Sea Eagles that, if things went well, he could potentially only miss the clash with Newcastle Knights in round one.

"It didn't look good but it's great to hear it may only be four to five weeks, although ankles can be frustrating," he said. "That's a good result for him and us. He'll obviously have to manage it as syndesmosis can hang around for a while, so he might have to manage it for the whole season."

Manly are 5000/1 to win the grand final this season and 2000/1 to finish in the top eight.

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