CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21: John Bateman of the Raiders gestures to the crowd during the round 6 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Brisbane Broncos at GIO Stadium on April 21, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Canberra Raiders star John Bateman is expected to miss the first 7-8 rounds of the 2020 NRL season after having shoulder surgery earlier this month.

The Raiders released the following statement on the club website.

“Canberra Raiders forward John Bateman will miss the opening rounds of the 2020 NRL season following shoulder surgery,” the statement reads.

“Bateman had shoulder surgery to repair an ongoing issue earlier this month and a return date has now been advised following the operation. Bateman will focus on being available for selection in round 7-8 this season.”

9 COMMENTS

  1. Rapana’s been upgraded
    Seizar’s been upgraded
    & Leilua only played 9 games last year

    So why is everyone sooo convinced they won’t be right up there again this year?

  2. Canberra are in a similar situation as the Chooks. Both have lost their half back and strike centre. With Rapana departing and Bateman injured, this is even more damaging than an English Test number 6 trying to adjust to the NRL as a number 7. Williams has rarely played half back.

  3. kiwi

    Canberra were flying under the radar right up to the finals last year. They also had an enormous amount of luck that gifted them some close games. Bateman played out of his skin as did some of the other members of that team. In other words, the stars aligned for them in 2019, that is unlikely to happen for them again.

    They are still a good team and Williams will be an asset but they will be hunted this year which is why they will fall down the ladder.

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