SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - APRIL 22: Jayden Brailey of the Sharks looks dejected after their team's defeat in the round eight NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Gold Coast Titans at Southern Cross Group Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

When Jayden Brailey reeled out of a tackle on Manly’s Dylan Walker in 48th minute of last Sunday’s clash the concern for the Sharks young star was immediate.

Brailey signalled to the trainers and came straight from the field, with an ambulance summoned to transport him to the hospital for x-rays and scans on a likely broken jaw.

Unfortunately, those initial fears were confirmed, Brailey undergoing surgery late on Tuesday night with plates inserted to repair two breaks.

Now home and recovering, the Sharks are hopeful of having Brailey available and back on the field in advance of the NRL finals, however, an exact return date has yet to be determined.

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Once more information becomes available as to the recovery period expected it will be communicated through the Sharks website.

As for a replacement for Brailey for when the Sharks travel to Gosford to play the Roosters, that responsibility has fallen on Fa’amanu Brown, who despite playing most of 2017 as a half-five eighth, is a more than capable dummy half having played the position in previous seasons.

James Segeyaro, the Sharks other hooking option, inches ever closer to a return, although that now won’t occur until round 19 against the Titans, following a round 18 bye.

Segeyaro suffered a broken arm in round six and has been sidelined ever since.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Such a blow for the young up & coming Cronulla rake who has been recently targeted in defence. Not saying Dylan Walker had intentionally set out to injure Brailey yet he was literally launching himself at the defence. Reminds me of the sickening shoulder charge by Greg Inglis on former Dragon Dean Young which added to changing the rule making the shoulder charge illegal. Has this incident been reviewed or should the NRL add this to player welfare concerns?

    • ??? Inglis was the defender in his incident.
      Walker had the ball and Brailey was defending in their incident.
      It’s up to the defender to get himself in a position where he won’t get injured. The defender is initiating contact.

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