Catalans Dragons’ star Englishman Mike McMeeken will miss the start of the upcoming 2023 season, with the former Castleford Tigers star set to miss at least the first five games.
McMeeken will be heading into his third season in Perpignan but won’t feature until the back end of March or potentially even April with this latest update.
L’Independant in France have reported that McMeeken broke his arm during the World Cup and following a second surgery he won’t be fit to represent McNamara’s side at the start of the season.
This comes after McNamara had stated that his team were at a disadvantage during pre-season with the number of World Cup internationals they had, meaning they started pre-season with just four players.
McMeeken was one of the players at the World Cup, albeit representing England alongside his Catalans teammates Sam Tomkins and Michael McIlorum.
The second-rower McMeeken had broken his arm during the 2022 season with Catalans, something he suffered during the first ever French derby in Super League as Catalans played Toulouse.
Further problems with his arm arose including a thumb injury but this reported break at the World Cup and the subsequent surgery means that he will miss the start of the season.
According to L’Independant there isn’t an official time scale although five games is expected to be the minimum and in those first five games the Dragons face Wakefield, Leigh, Wigan and both Hull sides.
— Bruno Onteniente (@OntenienteBruno) January 2, 2023