Warriors' Luke Metcalf suffers hamstring injury, Demitric Sifakula's contract upgraded
David Long16:05, Feb 16 2023
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of the Warriors makes a break against the Tigers.
The Warriors have suffered a pre-season injury blow with key signing Luke Metcalf
sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Coach Andrew Webster said Metcalf suffered the injury at training on Wednesday, ahead of Sunday’s NRL pre-season match against the Melbourne Storm in Christchurch. Metcalf told Warriors medical staff he was still feeling sore on Thursday.
It is uncertain how long Metcalf will be sidelined for, with initial thoughts he could be out between 2-8 weeks, thereby putting him in doubt for their season opener against the Knights in Wellington on March 3.
Metcalf will undergo further tests to find out the severity of the injury and more is expected to be known later this week.
Metcalf, 23, joined from Cronulla Sharks and wore the No 6 jersey in their opening pre-season match against Wests Tigers, where he was one of the standout performers in the 48-12 win.
and Te Maire Martin were named to start in the halves for the Warriors against the Storm, with Metcalf originally on the bench.
Metcalf played so well in the trial game, that there had already been calls for him to claim a starting spot ahead of Johnson
, however that was unlikely to happen, especially at the beginning of the season.
After playing a starring role in the pre-season win over the Tigers, one of the Warriors' notable acquisitions will miss the NRL opener against the Knights.