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Super League star suffers long term injury after “bad tackle”

The Match Review Panel met earlier this week as they always do.

They were reviewing the action from Betfred Super League Round 16.

Unlike some weeks recently, there were only nine players charged.

In fact only one player was banned.

James Harrison of Warrington Wolves was always going to face a nervous wait after a yellow card for a tackle against Castleford Tigers.

The tackle hurt Nathan Massey and ended the stand in hooker’s night.

Fortunately Cain Robb was on the bench.

It was this tackle that Barrie McDermott described on Sky Sports as: “A bad one that. James Harrison is a big man as well. It is a hip drop.”

Meanwhile, Phil Clarke believes Harrison will get banned for the tackle compounding Warrington’s problems in the middles: “I think he will miss a few games.”

This has come to pass.

Harrison will miss the clash against the club he played for on loan in 2020 during the pandemic: Leeds Rhinos.

This is because the forward has been hit with a ban and a fine for the tackle on Massey.

Interestingly, the last time we saw a tackle like this injury a player they were hit with a five match ban.

That was Morgan Knowles. The St Helens star injured Mike Cooper of Wigan Warriors.

Interestingly, Massey has suffered a long term injury because of the tackle.

“He’s done his MCL, it looks like it will be six to eight weeks,” Andy Last confirmed on BBC Radio Leeds.

“We’re hoping he might be able to push himself to come back for the Hull Kingston Rovers game, that’s the target he’s put in his own mind.

“Hopefully with the rehab he does, and he’s notoriously been a quick healer, then he’ll be available for that game but we don’t want to push it too much.”

Is it better than expected: “Yeah, definitely. After the incident and looking back at it on video it was a real nasty one.,

“His ankle got in an awkward position and obviously the knee took the fair impact of the collision.

“He was in a brace straight away and there was a little bit of swelling and the ankle was black and blue the next morning.

“But yeah it was better than we anticipated  so we’ve got lucky there.”

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