Flegler's Shoulder Injury Threatens Maroons' Origin Three-Peat

Dolphins prop Tom Flegler may miss the entire 2024 NRL season due to a severe shoulder injury. His absence would be a significant loss for the Queensland Maroons in the upcoming State of Origin series.

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Flegler's Shoulder Injury Threatens Maroons' Origin Three-Peat

Flegler's Shoulder Injury Threatens Maroons' Origin Three-Peat

The Queensland Maroons' hopes of securing a third consecutive State of Origin series victory have been dealt a significant blow, with Dolphins prop Tom Flegler potentially sidelined for the entire 2024 NRL season due to a severe shoulder injury sustained in Round 5. Coach Wayne Bennett confirmed the seriousness of the injury, which involves nerve damage to Flegler's left shoulder.

Bennett stated, "We don't know with Flegler. He may not play this season. It is a long way from where he is fit enough to play. The injury is very serious. He has had the injury and we all know what the consequences are." The 24-year-old enforcer suffered the injury after "a bad burner" in the clash with Wests Tigers, according to head of performance Jeremy Hickmans.

The Dolphins are utilizing red-light therapy (RTP) to aid in Flegler's recovery, but his return timeline remains uncertain. Hickmans described the situation as a "day-by-day or week-by-week proposition" to regain strength in the affected shoulder. Flegler's absence would be a significant loss for the Maroons, as he was considered a strong contender for a bench spot in the Queensland prop rotation.

Despite this setback, the Dolphins have managed to maintain a top-four position in the NRL standings, thanks to strong contributions from props Jesse Bromwich, Mark Nicholls, and Josh Kerr. The team also received a boost with the impending return of fullback Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, who has been sidelined for four weeks with a hamstring injury.

Coach Bennett praised Trai Fuller, who filled in for Tabuai-Fidow, as a player of "toughness and flair" but confirmed that the returning fullback would resume his role in the starting lineup against Wests Tigers on Sunday. As the State of Origin series approaches, the Maroons will need to find a suitable replacement for Flegler to maintain their dominance over New South Wales and secure a historic three-peat.

Key Takeaways

  • Tom Flegler's severe shoulder injury may sideline him for the entire 2024 NRL season.
  • Flegler's injury involves nerve damage to his left shoulder, making his return uncertain.
  • The Dolphins are using red-light therapy to aid in Flegler's recovery, but progress is slow.
  • Flegler's absence would be a significant loss for the Queensland Maroons in the State of Origin series.
  • The Dolphins remain in the top four of the NRL standings despite Flegler's injury, thanks to strong performances from other props.