A shoulder injury to Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker eclipsed Canberra’s 14-4 win over the Bulldogs on Friday night.
Croker, playing his first game since Round 22 last year, was taken off the field in the final minutes when he pulled away after a save try.
The 292-game NRL veteran of Canberra made a defensive effort to clear the ball from in-goal, with Matt Dufty threatening to score as the Bulldogs attempted a late fightback after failing to score in the first half .
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After the pair scrambled and competed for the loose ball, Croker couldn’t get to his feet, wincing in pain while clutching his right shoulder.
“He brought a lot of calm to the game and the team tonight…the boys love having him on the team,” Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said after the game.
“We don’t know how bad it is, if he’s dislocated or out.
“In the next 24 hours, we will find out.”
The injury at the time stunned Fox League caller Dan Ginnane with fears the 31-year-old was set for another tough battle after injury.
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“The green whistle, that’s a terrible sign,” Ginnane said.
“I hope that’s not all for Jarrod Croker. It was such a tough fight to get back to that freshman team.”
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Late last year, it was feared Croker could be forced into medical retirement after undergoing a year of stem cell surgery on his knee, which left him starting the 2022 season in reserve grade before retiring. get a callback.
Meanwhile, tonight’s result for the Raiders snaps a five-game losing streak.
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