Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith has admitted the club’s worst fears have come true following the news that forward Ben Currie will miss as many as nine months worth of action.
Currie suffered a knee injury during the Wolves’ defeat to Wigan last Friday, and following scans, it has emerged that he will not play again this year: missing a fair chunk of next season in the process.
And the Wolves coach admitted it has been a tough reveal for both player and club at such a crucial part of the year.
“Our worst fears have come to fruition,” Warrington coach Smith said. “He’s torn his ACL off the bone. He’s on his way to London as we speak for repair. I believe that will involve a graft back onto the bone.
“The minimum recovery would be six months but I reckon he will be close to nine months. It’s a big blow for the young man.
“He was emotional when we got the results of the scans. He’s very passionate and professional about his sport so it hurt him.
“He’s sensible as well and he understands that for those sort of injuries it’s not career-ending any more. Once upon a time it would be.”
The injury also rules Currie out of an England call-up for this year’s Four Nations – but Smith has backed the forward to bounce back stronger from the setback.
“It’s come at a time when he’s playing some big games for his club and he’s also been pushing for that international jersey.
“But he’s getting on with things and understands he’ll come back to have a fantastic career with an an opportunity of all those things he’s missing out on now.”