Tom Trbojevic is out for the SEASON after dislocating his shoulder in a hammer blow to the Blues and Manly
- Scans confirmed the Manly fullback will not play again in 2022
- He dislocated his left shoulder after falling awkwardly against Parramatta
- Trbojevic was too distraught to be interviewed about the injury on Saturday
The news every Manly and NSW fan dreaded is now official: Tom Trbojevic won’t play again in 2022 after dislocating his shoulder against Parramatta on Friday night.
Considered a shoo-in for a place in the Blues backline for the State of Origin – and the Kangaroos team for the World Cup later this year – he confirmed the news to the Sunday Telegraph on Saturday night.
Trbojevic was too upset to be interviewed after the awful news was made official on Saturday
The Dally M winner sustained the injury when he fell awkwardly onto his left side as he tried to clear the ball out of the in-goal against the Eels (pictured)
He was too upset to be interviewed and simply texted ‘I’m not up to talking right now’ when contacted by the publication.
Trbojevic sustained the injury in the second half of the Sea Eagles’ loss as he fell onto his outstretched left arm as he tried to clear the ball out of the in-goal.
The 25-year-old was using his jersey as a makeshift sling as he was taken straight from the field, and did not return for the rest of the match.
Manly coach Des Hasler was understandably gutted by the news.
‘Tommy gives so much to the game. This is a cruel blow but we know he will be back,’ he said.
On Saturday Trbojevic said he knew he was in trouble the instant he landed on the joint.
‘It’s hard to put into words how I’m feeling,’ he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
‘It didn’t feel great when it popped out. I knew straight away it was serious. I said sorry to Des. You can’t help injuries, but I felt bad.’
He added that the worst thing about the dislocation was it happened on a ‘nothing play’ because the ball had already been knocked on before he got to it.
A visibly distraught Trbojevic is pictured just after suffering the dislocation against the Eels
After an incredible 2021 season that saw him collect the Dally M Medal and despite missing the first five rounds with a hamstring injury, Trbojevic was uncharacteristically quiet in the early rounds this year.
He had scans on a knee injury in late April, which revealed he’d torn his medial collateral ligament and needed surgery.
The fullback looked visibly uncomfortable with the knee when Manly lost to Brisbane in Magic Round, wincing in pain with the joint heavily strapped.
Hasler said he had not aggravated the injury – but Andrew Johns said it looked like he wouldn’t be fit for the first Origin game on June 8.
Trbojevic won the Wally Lewis Medal for best player in last year’s Origin series. He has scored nine tries in his eight games against the Maroons, recording a hat-trick in game one as well as a try assist.