Catalans Dragons suffer major blow to Julian Bousquet

Catalans Dragons forward Julian Bousquet had scans today following an injury to his left forearm picked up during the French side’s loss to St Helens.

The scans have confirmed that he has a displaced fracture that will require surgery, with Bousquet due to see the surgical team tomorrow in Montpellier.

It’s a major blow for the Dragons who have already had livewire fullback Arthur Mourgue ruled out for weeks and now they have lost one of their key forwards.

With Gil Dudson and Dylan Napa both being referred to a tribunal for punching charges at this week’s Disciplinary Match Review Panel, it means that Steve McNamara could be without three of his most imposing forwards for a hefty chunk of the opening rounds of Super League.

For Sky Sports pundit Jon Wilkin, he believed that the Dragons came with intensity, but in an ill-disciplined manner and he had a few choice words for former Canterbury Bulldogs prop Napa.

“What Dylan Napa did there wasn’t tough, it was borderline reckless,” Wilkin said.

“For me James Roby is tough and Joe Batchelor is very tough, but I think Catalans got tough and reckless wrong at key times in the game.”

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