Manly star Tom Trbojevic has revealed a slip in the bathroom is behind the hamstring injury that has ruined the start of his 2021 season.
The injury-cursed fullback on Monday apologised to fans for the off-field injury which will see him miss at least the first three rounds of the competition.
He told reporters the injury is not the same hamstring that has plagued him in recent years.
Trbojevic only played seven games in 2020 after injuring his hamstring in June before a shoulder injury in Round 19 ended his year, including the 2020 State of Origin series.
“I’m devastated by what’s happened,” Trbojevic said.
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Tom Trbojevic can’t catch a break.Source:AAP
“I will be working hard with the rehab team to get the hamstring right.”
He then revealed the injury was suffered slipping over in the shower.
Heard it all now. Poor Tommy Trbojevic just revealed he injured ‘good’ hammy ‘slipping over in shower’😳😳. Crap luck for @SeaEagles …
“It’s obviously not ideal. I’ve been working really hard this off-season and to now find out you’re going to miss a few weeks of footy, it’s disappointing,” he said.
“It’s pretty embarrassing to actually say, but I’ve woken up yesterday morning and I’ve slipped over in the bathroom and just felt it go. It’s pretty hard to take.”
He then apologised to fans for “not playing enough footy” in recent seasons.
“I do apologise to Manly… and to the members that I won’t be playing footy early this year,” he said.
It is a particularly crushing blow for the Sea Eagles, who enter the 2021 season without a recognised fullback option to replace Trbojevic.
Winger Tevita Funa replaced Trbojevic at fullback in 2020.
The club has rolled the dice with injury-plagued stars this season under coach Des Hasler with the club also gambling on five-eighth Kieran Foran’s fitness.
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