Darren Lockyer looks certain to miss Friday’s Centenary Test between Australia and New Zealand, as the sublime five eighth continues to be hampered by a knee injury in 2008.
Fearing the worst after this weekends match against the Wests Tigers, Lockyer received the crushing news after attending a Centenary Test medical in Sydney – Lockyer apparently felt the knee go early in the weekends match and was always going to be pushing it to be right for the Centenary Test.
The Broncos ace has struggled since making his return from a full knee reconstruction in round one, and after spending a few weeks on the sidelines last month he looks set for another extended period out of the game.
â€œMy knee hasn’t pulled up too good from last night’s game, in fact it was pretty ordinary right through (Saturday) night’s game,â€ Lockyer said.
â€œThe advice I’m getting from the medical staff here and the advice I’m getting from the Broncos back home was that we’ll look to go and get a scope done on the knee so I’ll again be out for an indefinite period.â€
Kangaroos coach Ricky Stuart confirmed Greg Bird would move from lock to five-eighth with Melbourne backrower Michael Crocker coming into the 17-man squad, though there was no decision yet on who would start in the No.13 jumper.
Stuart applauded Lockyer for making what he called a brave decision.
â€œIt is a massive blow but more importantly it’s the best decision for Darren Lockyer,â€ Stuart said. “It’s a very early part of the season.â€