TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Matt Dufty of the Dragons makes a break which lead to him scoring a try during the round 19 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the St George Illawarra Dragons at 1300SMILES Stadium on July 21, 2018 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

St George Illawarra's Matt Dufty has been cleared to fly home from Perth after fracturing his cheekbone at the NRL Nines on Saturday.

The fullback was rushed to hospital after the nasty collision and there were fears he may have had to drive or catch the train home.

A return date for the 23-year old is currently unclear, with Dragons head of athletic performance confirming he would require surgery.

"Matt has a cheekbone fracture. Matt will require surgery to stabilise the fracture," Pickworth told The Sydney Morning Herald. 

"We will be consulting with specialists when we return home to determine the best course of action. Matt will be travelling home to Sydney with the team on Sunday."

In further injury news, Cam McInnes (MCL) and Korbin Sims (forearm) both look set for a stint on the sidelines but will undergo further testing to confirm the severity of their injuries.

"Unfortunately Cameron has suffered a medial collateral injury to his left knee. When we return home, he'll be undergoing scans to confirm the severity of the injury," Pickworth said.

He added: "Korbin has a suspected fractured forearm.

"He will have scans upon returning home to determine the specific diagnosis of the injury."


  1. Ouch. Looks like the merged venture may struggle to get off to their usual season flyer without McInnes. however we can predict what happens in the back end of their season. Will they be the customary April-Premier this time around?

  2. As an aside,

    Gareth Widdop made his Superleague debut yesterday in less than spectacular fashion. His team Warrington lost to Wakefield 18-8. Not a great start against a team that rarely troubles the finals series.

  3. To be honest Dufty was more than likely to be starting in reserve grade, McInnes if it’s a grade 2 tear (3-4) weeks then likely to be fit for round 1 which is a month away. Korbin fair enough will be out for probably the first 4-6 weeks but the big fella Kerr killed it and is looking very fit and hungry so he will fill in.

    Opens the door for Blacker to step up and have a crack too. Not exactly reaching for the razor blades just yet, slightly pumped up by the media.

  4. Great to see bbbj climb out from under his rock & abuse Saints as per usual..

    When the NRL stain known as the Sharks finally be kicked out??

  5. Great to see Ethan Lowe get injured. A true ex-Sacked Cowboy dud. As Redv13 says…..” Opens the door for Ab Originals to step. Go the soufths headquarters.”

  6. RedV13 I noticed you did not wish your best mate good luck this time. Are you two having a lover’s quarrel? By the way go easy on the race ist stuff mate. Whats with the opens the door forBlacker…..and that rainbow stuff about cracks?

  7. Your such a muppet you racist pig. Can’t believe ZT allows your $hit to be published. Wake up ZT, your resident muppet has struck again and your allowing it to continually happen story after story day after day

  8. Come off it AH, there is nothing about race in redV’s post. I agree about Kerr, he’s a long term first grader in the making.

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