Canterbury Bulldogs forward Jack Hetherington has officially been ruled out for the 2022 season as the shoulder injury he sustained last night against Manly was significantly worse than initially thought.
What was initially believed to be a minor tear has now been confirmed to be a bony bankart fracture of the glenoid, which will require a full shoulder reconstruction and nine months of recovery.
Bulldogs supremo concerned the injury was worse thought on Twitter, while Wide World of Sports reported his season was done and dusted.
@NRL_Bulldogs Not good news for Jack Hetherington. He has a bony bankart fracture of the glenoid. Basically his shoulder popped out and back in again. However, it caused significant damage on the way out. Will require surgery.
— Phil Gould (@PhilGould15) March 28, 2022
The difference between Hetherington's injury, when compared to Leota, can be explained by the degree of displacement and severity of the fracture pattern.
Given that the injury was initially thought to be a subluxation of the shoulder (minor dislocation), it can be understood that the accumulation of such micro-traumas to the region over time in addition to the forward's ultra physical style of play likely resulted in greater structural damage.
The Bulldogs will miss Hetherington's imposing presence on the field as they look to bounce back from a one and two start to the season.