A bad night has just become worse for Brisbane Broncos captain Alex Glenn.
After injury kept him out of the first two games of the season, Glenn finally had the “C” next to his name after being named the club’s captain in the off-season.
Down 12-6 at the break, the Broncos needed a bit to go right for them in the second half as the Eels dominated possession.
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But instead, Glenn was forced off the field and to hospital after a calf laceration.
And now he is set to undergo surgery with the NRL Physio Brien Seeney’s Twitter account reporting the laceration was “deep enough to reach tibia (lower leg bone)”.
Alex Glenn will undergo surgery tomorrow after calf laceration was deep enough to reach tibia (lower leg bone). Indication is surgery mainly to clean/stitch up wound. Would be good news & is common; want to prevent deep infection. If minimal muscle/tendon damage, most = 2-4 weeks pic.twitter.com/WmeXq0qyqs
Worse for Glenn will be another few weeks on the sideline.
Asked by a punter why they couldn’t wash the wound out, Seeney said “The depth of the laceration likely makes the risk of infection quite high”.
It was a horror night for the 31-year-old with his side beaten 34-6 at an empty Suncorp Stadium in rugby league’s first game back since suspending the season because of coronavirus.
“Alex is going to have surgery tomorrow morning from what the doctor tells me,” Seibold said in the post-match press conference.
“He’s had a really deep cut so they need to intervene with surgery just to make sure it’s clean and sew it back up and so on, so they’ll do that tomorrow morning.
“But yeah, he did that in the first half and obviously came off at halftime.
“ … I didn’t actually get an opportunity to talk to Alex, he went straight to the doctor at halftime and I just got a message to say he won’t be coming back on.”
Alex Glenn tackled before being forced off the field.Source:Getty Images
It was a tough beat for Glenn who said earlier in the week that he was looking forward to leading the side out despite there being no fans in the stands.
“It’s going to be very different not having anyone there,” Glenn said. “When I pictured the moment, when I was announced captain, it was me running out on the field with both (his children) Miller and Gisele in my arms.
“Obviously with the circumstances that are in play at the moment that can’t happen.”
Former Kiwi international Glenn said it was still humbling to take over the Broncos reins for the NRL’s highly-anticipated return match since the shutdown.
“There are still going to be a lot of eyes watching the footy,” he said. “We are the first sport that is going to be back and televised.
“I think the whole nation, New Zealand and England are going to be watching so it’s still a huge occasion, just the atmosphere won’t be there.”
— with AAP
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