TOM Trbojevic has avoided season-ending injuries but is almost certainly out of NSW Origin reckoning as a six to eight-week stint on the sidelines looms.
The Manly star sprained his Medical Collatoral Ligament (MCL) in his left knee and sustained a syndesmosis injury to his ankle when he was tackled by David Mead as he defused a bomb in Saturday's loss to Brisbane.
It was originally feared his ankle concern may have been season-ending, but the two-month worst case scenario should see him return for the Sea Eagles' run into the finals.
He is, however, almost certainly out of the Blues entire Origin campaign, with game three nine weeks away.
Trbojevic had been considered a strong chance to land a NSW debut on the wing, but after the controversial incident, which saw Trbojevic taken out in a legal challenge despite being airborne, Manly is counting its blessings.
"We feel extremely lucky given the nature of the midair tackle as it had the potential to be a lot worse," coach Trent Barrett said.
"To lose Tom for up to eight weeks is very disappointing. However, we aim to continue to play well and improve our position on the table.
"Tom will now begin his rehabilitation program with the Manly medical staff."
Elsewhere Parramatta's Corey Norman is facing 4-6 weeks out after picking up a suspected medial ligament injury in the Eels loss to the Roosters.
"I think, obviously they will need to send him for scans, but I think it's a Grade Two medial," Eels coach Brad Arthur said of Norman.
"We have to get scans, but maybe four weeks."
Back north of the border, Gold Coast star Jarryd Hayne limped from the field on Saturday but is not expected to miss any game time with the fullback-turned-centre battling a nerve issue.
The Titans also lost Ryan Simpkins to a suspected ACL rupture and Dan Sarginson to a dislocated shoulder.
But in some welcomed news for the Gold Coast, Karl Lawton is poised to return from a hamstring issue next week.
In more good news, Pat Politoni (arm), Eddy Pettybourne (ankle) and John Olive (pectoral) all played their first matches over the weekend after extended layoffs.
Agnatius Paasi is another three weeks away from returning from a shoulder injury.
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