Parramatta will be without star halfback Mitchell Moses for the foreseeable future, after the playmaker suffered a calf injury in the Eels’ golden point win over Canberra.
Moses limped off BankWest Stadium during the first half, although initial fears he’d ruptured his Achilles tendon thankfully proved unfounded.
Regardless, the Eels face the prospect of being without one of their key players for an extended period of time.
“I think it was back-pedalling and there was a bit of a stoppage and he was trying to get back onside,” coach Brad Arthur said.
“He’ll have to get scans and all that, but he’ll be out for a bit.”
The Eels sit on top of the ladder after seven rounds, and play the Cowboys, Newcastle, Manly and the Tigers over the next month.
Arthur was full of praise for young five-eighth Dylan Brown, who stepped up with Moses off the field.
“I thought we did alright actually,” Arthur said.
“Dylan did a good job, took control of the team. I thought he had some tremendous help from our middle, they were really good.
“We had to keep it simple and play through the middle, and try and barge our way over.
“The boys handled it well.”
Moses wasn’t the only player who couldn’t finish the fiery match, with Canberra lock Corey Horsburgh suffering a foot injury.
Arthur dismissed any suggestion the patchy turf at BankWest Stadium contributed to the injury, after the Roosters lost both Victor Radley and Sam Verrills for the rest of the season in Friday’s match against the Dragons, also at the Parramatta venue.
Scans after the match confirmed Radley and Verrills had both suffered a ruptured ACL.
But when questioned about the state of the surface, Arthurs said it had nothing to do with Moses’ injury.
“No. He had a bit of a calf complaint in that COVID period. It is what it is,” he said.
“The turf had nothing to do with it.”