NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Connor Watson of the Newcastle Knights in action during round one NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on March 15, 2019 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Newcastle fullback Connor Watson is battling a knee injury and is in serious doubt for the Knights match against the Raiders in Canberra on Saturday.

Watson injured the knee while diving for a try in the Round 2 match against the Penrith Panthers.

“Just when I dived to put the ball down, Dylan Edwards came across to stop it and landed on my knee,” Watson said on the club website.

“I felt it, it was a bit sore and got it strapped up. Once I got it strapped the pain wasn’t too bad; I think the adrenaline helped. The positive sign is that I got through the game so hopefully, it’s not too bad.”

Watson is awaiting scans on the knee to determine if he’ll miss the match but according to a report by the Newcastle Herald, he’s next to no chance of playing this week.

It would seem the logical choice to replace him at fullback would be superstar Kalyn Ponga who excelled in the role last year but it’s understood he’ll stay in the halves.

Utility Kurt Mann is the player tipped to get the job if Watson does succumb to the injury, with Jamie Buhrer or Mason Lino to replace him on the bench.


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