For the second week running, the Gold Coast have lost the player they could least afford to with injury.
In-form pivot Aidan Sezer tore his hamstring in Saturday night’s 36-14 NRL loss to the New Zealand Warriors, plunging the Titans deeper into an injury crisis that threatens to derail their brave top eight push.
Sezer suffered the injury while taking a routine goal-line dropout and is set to miss the next few weeks, meaning coach Neil Henry will have to get creative to fill Gold Coast’s key playmaking roles.
“He felt it grab pretty severely,” Henry said.
“He was no good to stay at all so I’d say he’s going to be have to be out for a few weeks.”
Boom halfback Kane Elgey is out until round 18 with an ankle issue while 21-year-old Jamal Fogarty, a five-eighth, is also sidelined.
The latest setback comes less than a week after Kierran Moseley’s medial ligament injury left the Titans with no backup at hooker for Daniel Mortimer, with Matt Srama (ankle), Beau Falloon (wrist) and Christian Hazard (ankle) already injured.
Gold Coast alleviated some of their roster dramas with the midweek signings of young rake Chad Redman from Newcastle and centre Nene McDonald from the Roosters, and both did well on debut.
“We are a bit devoid of halves and hookers at the moment,” Henry said.
“There’s no luck with us.
“I suppose the bright point for the game is Nene McDonald, some nice touches with the ball, and Chad Redman acquitted himself quite well.
“They’ll certainly be needed in the next few weeks – we don’t have any players coming back next week.
“What we’ve got is what we’ve got and the boys know that.”
And that’s just the backs.
Up front, the Titans were already without captain Nate Myles, who failed to shake a foot problem he sustained in Queensland’s State of Origin II loss.
But his deputy Ryan James could also be in trouble after trying – and failing – to play through a shoulder problem on Saturday.
“There’s some sort of tear there around the shoulder capsule,” Henry said.
“We’ll have to get a scan done.
“He could be in some doubt as well, we’ll wait and see – we’re a bit banged up at the moment.”