The immediate playing future of Shaun Kenny-Dowall remains unclear ahead of the Sydney Roosters’ star’s court date on Thursday to face allegations of domestic violence.
Kenny-Dowall won’t play in the Roosters’ round 20 NRL clash with Wests Tigers on Friday amid concerns over his wellbeing, with the 27-year-old reportedly admitted to hospital after undergoing an assessment on his mental health.
It will be the second match the Kiwi international has missed since he was arrested and charged by police on Saturday, after he sat out the Roosters win over the Warriors on Sunday.
The first mention of the allegations against Kenny-Dowall, that include six counts of common assault against his former partner Jessica Peris, will be heard in Waverley Local Court on Thursday.
He is expected to plead not guilty to all 10 charges laid against him.
In an appearance on Fox Sports’ Sterlo on the Counch program, Roosters coach Trent Robinson said Kenny-Dowall was struggling to come to terms with the allegations made against him.
“It’s a tough period for him at the moment,” Robinson said.
“He is in a bit of a dark place. He’s not in a good enough state to get out there and play.
The Roosters move to leave Kenny-Dowall out of the side to play the Warriors was a “welfare decision” the club said was made in conjunction with the NRL.
Tricolours captain Jake Friend said Kenny-Dowall was not in the right frame of mind to play football at the moment.
“Shaun’s health comes before football,” he said.
“It’s obviously a tough time for Shaun and there’s no pressure from anyone here about when’s he’s back.
“It’s more about making sure he’s right and all good in himself.
“It’d be good to get Shaun back in and around training and back on the field but that’ll just happen when it happens.”