Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The news spread like wildfire this morning with fear from the Sea Eagles faithful that “Turbo Tommy” had played his last game of season 2021.
However, the Sea Eagles put out a statement earlier today confirming that the 24-year-old had not broken his cheekbone, although a minor injury has still occurred.
“Full-back Tom Trbojevic also suffered a knock to the cheekbone,” reported Manly’s media team via the club website.
“Fortunately, the hit was on a plate that he has from a previous fracture which prevented a serious injury from occurring.
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“Tom has some swelling and bruising around the site. He will be given every chance to prove his fitness for next Friday night’s match against the Canberra Raiders.
While the Sea Eagles are not willing to rule Trbojevic out of said game against the Raiders as of yet, it may be wise for the club to proceed with caution and possibly give their star man at least next week off to properly heal this injury.
Manly would still be the favourites to win all three games that they have left to play this season without Turbo Tommy, as after they take on the ninth-placed Raiders they face the bottom of the table Bulldogs and then the Cowboys who are currently on a nine-game losing streak.
Sea Eagles head coach Des Hasler has kept his cards close to his chest in terms of Trbojevic’s availability, and it is likely that if he is to miss the rest of the regular season that Manly will not publicly reveal that information and name him in their extended squad on the Tuesday afternoon leading up to each game.
This may also impact Trbojevic’s chances of winning the Dally M Medal as Nathan Cleary has recently returned from injury and was on top of the points tally when voting went behind closed doors.