The Queensland Reds are facing a midfield injury crisis in the lead-up to their top of the table clash with the Auckland Blues.
The Reds could be missing up to six topline stars on Saturday.
Alex Fynes-Clinton reports.
While injured backs Ben Lucas and Luke Morahan joined training today, the news isn’t so rosy for key centre Mike Harris.
The burley Kiwi sensation could be facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Ewen McKenzie, Queensland Reds Coach: “Harris is a bit more complicated. He’ll have to see a surgeon this afternoon. There’s definitely some more damage in the knee.”
Harris is not the only key Red on ice, flying wingers Rod Davies and Peter Hynes are still struggling with serious injury with their return dates uncertain.
McKenzie though is unfazed.
Ewen McKenzie, Queensland Reds Coach: “We’re looking at a couple of options at this stage. Tapui might come into the picture. It depends on how many combination changes we’d like to make.”
The Queenslanders have won ten straight at Suncorp and will take heart in tackling the Blues in front of a packed home crowd, but the coach is cautious.
Ewen McKenzie, Queensland Reds Coach: “It doesn’t guarantee you anything. You’ve still go to deal with the opposition. They’re a good team and are playing very well.”
But despite the Reds’ mounting injury concerns, McKenzie says he has full faith in the ability of the Reds youngsters to stand up.
Ewen McKenzie, Queensland Reds Coach: “Someone else’s misfortune will be their gain and if they get a few weeks and string it together, you never know who you might unearth.”
Alex Fynes-Clinton, QUT News.