Tigers' Marshall fights dual NRL injuries
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 6:04p.m.
Wests Tigers star halfback Benji Marshall will be given until the weekend to recover for Sunday's crunch clash with South Sydney after hurting his toe and thumb during a horror injury night for the Tigers in North Queensland.
Marshall was hobbling around and had a strapped hand on Tuesday and coach Tim Sheens confirmed he would give his star half the rest of the week off to ensure he was ready to face the third-placed Rabbitohs.
With starting five-eighth Curtis Sironen also ruled out with a shoulder injury, Sheens said he would be scraping to find Marshall a partner in the halves.
"I think so (Marshall will play against Souths), but he might not run until Saturday," Sheens said.
"It's always an issue then getting the team dynamic back and I'm going to have to find another half, five-eighth to pair with him which is the umpteenth we've used this year."
The halfback's injury took the Tigers' toll to six from the 29-16 loss to the Cowboys, with Tim Moltzen injuring his hamstring in the warm-up and four other players taken to hospital.
Sironen will visit a specialist on his return to Sydney to assess whether he has stretched the ligaments in the shoulder he had reconstructed in 2011.
"Whether we can rehab it and whether or not it's a six to eight-week rehab or whether he plays again this year will depend on how we go or whether or not we keep him for next season - that's going to be the decision," Sheens said.
Chris Lawrence (up to a month with a high ankle sprain), Ben Murdoch-Masila (up to two weeks with a rolled ankle) and Matt Groat (U20s, broken thumb) all ended the night in the casualty ward.
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