Australia superstar doubtful for World Cup after ‘secret injury’ revealed

South Sydney Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell could be a doubt for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup after it was confirmed he played through his sides NRL semi-final defeat against Penrith Penrith with a rib cartilage injury.

The versatile 25-year-old failed to hit the headlines during the showdown and The Daily Telegraph reports the secret rib injury was managed with painkillers for the duration of the match.

As a result, Mitchell’s chances of playing in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup hang in the balance with the extent of the injury yet to be revealed and Souths reported to be eager to allow their star man to rest before next season.

Australia head coach Mal Meninga will still be keen to select the former Roosters man who on his day remains one of the hardest men to stop in the world of rugby league.

Mitchell, whose style is akin to Meninga during his playing days, is at his peak and in certain moments has been unstoppable for the Redfern club this season.

His usual high involvement in the Bunnies attack made Mitchell’s injury during the weekend’s finals clash more evident, with his running and passing game non-existent in the defeat to the Panthers.

Speaking on the matter, Rabbitohs’ SEO Blake Solly said: “The players were extremely brave on Saturday night, just as they have been over the last two months.

“Latrell carried injuries into the game, and the team showed a lot of character to play so well given the injuries and players unavailable.

“I hope our fans and Members are as proud of the players and coaching staff as we are today.”

That said, Mitchell has defied the odds on more than one occasion in his career, and will fight his hardest to return to fitness in the race against time before the Kangaroos squad is announced in the coming weeks.

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