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Double trouble! Panthers left cursing their luck after injuries to two of their halfbacks – including superstar number seven Nathan Cleary


  • Nathan Cleary will be sidelined with a hamstring injury
  • The scan will determine how long Cleary will be out
  • A hammer blow for NSW ahead of the Origin series
  • Backup Brad Schneider will also be out with a knee complaint

They are the undoubted benchmark of the NRL – but Panthers staff, players and fans were left cursing their luck on Friday after injuries to halfbacks Nathan Cleary and substitute Brad Schneider.

While Cleary tweaking his hamstring could prove dire for the NSW Blues ahead of the State of Origin series opener on June 5, Penrith coach Ivan Cleary said the show goes on.

“He’s pretty broken actually, it’s a big disappointment for him. Obviously, I’m torn between being his coach and being his dad right now,” the Panthers coach said in the postgame press conference.

“I thought he really started to come into his own in that first half. But anyway, the show goes on.

Panthers superstar Nathan Cleary is expected to be out for several weeks with a hamstring injury – he is also expected to miss the June 5 Origin series opener with NSW.

In a double blow for the Panthers in the NSW Cup curtain-raiser, Brad Schneider was also injured, leaving the club without two halves.

In a double blow for the Panthers in the NSW Cup curtain-raiser, Brad Schneider was also injured, leaving the club without two halves.

«He did it by sprinting to the kick and diving . . . (then) he felt it right away, so he knew it indicated it was decent.»

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Earlier in the NSW Cup clash with the Bulldogs, Schneider – who was recruited by the club in the off-season as back-up for Cleary – injured his knee after a nasty tackle.

Cleary spoke for many Panthers fans when he lamented ‘we lost two in one night.’

Scans will determine the severity of Cleary’s hamstring complaint – and his coach is bracing himself for some bad news.

He also wouldn’t rule out sending the playmaker overseas to work with American rehabilitation expert Bill Knowles.

«It’s a concern, yes, but I’m not qualified to make certain (medical) judgments,» Cleary said.

‘WI’ll treat it on its merits and we’ll go from there.’

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