Knights feel for winged captain

KNIGHTS players felt so flattened by news of captain Kurt Gidley’s latest shoulder injury that they almost forgot to sing their victory song after beating the Panthers 34-14 at Hunter Stadium on Monday night.

Gidley is unlikely to play again this year after dislocating his left shoulder against Penrith. It was the third time in a year that the NSW and Australian utility had suffered the same injury, and he will see surgeon Des Bokor this week to map out a recovery and rehabilitation program.

The Newcastle Herald understands he is bracing for the prospect of reconstructive surgery.

In reply to a tweet from former NSW teammate Nathan Hindmarsh, Gidley said: ‘‘Not sure yet mate?? Scans on Thurs when it settles down a bit. Not good though. Probably have to come down & see Bokor next week.’’

Knights medical staff could not pop Gidley’s shoulder back in on Monday night so he went to hospital to have it manipulated under anaesthetic, then he was allowed to go home.

His shoulder was too swollen and sore to have exploratory scans yesterday.

He will have those in the next few days before he consults Dr Bokor, but the Knights are preparing to play out the rest of their 2012 campaign without him.

‘‘Everyone was pretty down after the game, then someone said we’d better sing the song,’’ winger James McManus said.

Coach Wayne Bennett named 20-year-old Tyrone Roberts to play halfback against the Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

As Ryan Stig is sidelined indefinitely with a blood clot in his right eye, Roberts has the chance to be Jarrod Mullen’s halves partner all season.

Like McManus, centre Timana Tahu said the atmosphere was so flat in the dressing-room after the game, it felt like they had lost. Tahu said that was due as much to the injuries to Gidley and Danny Buderus (Achilles tendonitis) as it was the sloppy way the Knights finished the match.

‘‘If all the scans are true, it is going to be sad,’’ Tahu said.

‘‘He’s our captain, he does a lot for the team and he’s a big influence on us, so hopefully, fingers crossed, it’s not as bad as what it looked.

‘‘Danny’s another important player for the side.

‘‘He’s a leader, and he’s usually the second captain. When Kurt wasn’t playing in the last couple of rounds, Danny was there.

‘‘Having two leaders out, it’s a bit of a worry for us, and Danny has been playing really good football.

‘‘We’ll just need to weather the storm a little bit and stay confident. It’s a team sport and I think everyone just needs to pick up themselves a little bit.’’

Gidley partially dislocated the same shoulder – it popped out and straight back in – against Cronulla on March 11, and he missed only one game against Brisbane the following week.

But Bennett does not expect Gidley to play again until next year.

‘‘He’s stopping and starting the season, and we’re into week eight now, and this is the second time he’s hurt it,’’ Bennett said at the post-match media conference on Monday night.

‘‘So I’d probably think, being candid with you, my preferred position would be that he gets an operation and gets it sorted out, and he’ll play next year.’’

Roberts deputised for Gidley against the Eels and Dragons while the skipper recovered from torn knee cartilage, and Tahu had complete faith in the former Junior Kangaroos playmaker.

‘‘Ty’s good. He’s played the last couple of years and he’s filled that position well,’’ Tahu said. ‘‘He’s a good young kid and he’s been helping Mullo in the halves those last couple of games, and I think he’ll fit into the side really quickly.’’

Buderus was named and will be monitored throughout the week but is not considered a realistic chance of playing against the Roosters. If he pulls out, as expected, utility Matt Hilder would be his logical replacement at hooker.

Utility forward Adam Cuthbertson and prop Richie Fa’aoso would then come into calculations to replace Hilder on the bench.

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