Centre Ngani Laumape’s hopes of lining up for the Vodafone Warriors again this year have been dashed with confirmation today he needs another season-ending knee operation.
Laumape (22) partially tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a training session in mid-February but recovered to turn out for the Vodafone Warriors’ New South Wales Cup side in its fourth-round clash against North Sydney.
After an impressive return he was named for his first NRL appearance of the year against the Melbourne Storm on April 6 only to be ruled out with more trouble with his knee.
He hasn’t been able to play since and now faces a second knee reconstruction which is likely to sideline him for at least eight months.
Laumape joins utility Ben Henry (23) who is also out long-term after having ACL surgery on his left knee. It’s the second time he has had reconstructive surgery on the knee in less than two years.
Fullback Sam Tomkins could return in the Vodafone Warriors’ 10th-round away game against Parramatta on May 16. He has been out after partially tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the third-round clash against the Eels at Mount Smart Stadium.
Also out with a PCL injury is fullback-wing Glen Fisiiahi.
Fisiiahi left the field with the injury in the Vodafone Warriors’ eighth-round NSW Cup match against Newtown on Anzac Day, his second appearance after coming back from more than a year on the sideline recovering from a shoulder injury.
NRL REHAB ROOM
Glen Fisiiahi (knee) | Round 11-12
Ben Henry (knee) | Season
Ngani Laumape (knee) | Season
Sam Tomkins (knee) | Round 10-11