Mon 29 Mar 2021 | 09:20

Big blow as Reds lose strike weapon

Big blow as Reds lose strike weapon
Mon 29 Mar 2021 | 09:20
Big blow as Reds lose strike weapon
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INJURY UPDATE: Queensland Reds trump card Suliasi Vunivalu could be out of action until the Super Rugby AU finals after injuring his hamstring in Saturday’s win over the NSW Waratahs.

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The NRL premiership wing has made good strides since shifting from the Melbourne Storm and was on Sunday included in the Wallabies’ 40-man training squad to gather next month in preparation for Tests against France in July.

Reds football boss Sam Cordingley said the strike weapon could be holstered for up to a month, with Vunivalu potentially only returning for the Reds’ final regular-season game on April 23 ahead of the Super Rugby AU final.

In a best-case scenario, he appears set to miss Saturday’s game against the Melbourne Rebels and next week’s date with the Brumbies, which will be played in Brisbane unless COVID-19 restrictions demand otherwise.

“He’s got a minor hamstring twinge and it’s under management,” Cordingly said.

“It’ll be under a month at this stage; we’ve got pretty good medical staff that have brought players back in good time and hopefully between two and four weeks.”

Due to Brisbane’s three-day COVID-19 lockdown, the squad have remained in Sydney after Saturday’s 46-14 defeat of the Waratahs, who have since axed coach Rob Penney.

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Cordingley said the team would train in Sydney before flying to Melbourne later this week.

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