The North Queensland Cowboys’ start to the NRL season has hit another snag, with Jason Taumalolo’s return to the side postponed due to a new hand injury.
Taumalolo sustained the injury at training this week and will be sidelined for 1-3 games.
He had been set to return from an injury to his other hand this weekend, but Cowboys fans will now need to wait even longer to see their captain back in action.
The representative forward has managed just one game this season, against the Panthers in round one.
Lachlan Burr will start at lock in place of Taumalolo on Sunday, while Mitch Dunn returns from a foot injury to join the Cowboys’ bench.
Taumalolo’s long-awaited return has been delayed.Source:News Corp Australia
Taumalolo joins Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Reuben Cotter in the North Queensland casualty ward, with both set to return to the side around round 10.
Earlier this month, Taumalolo’s premiership winning teammate Michael Morgan announced his retirement from the game due to ongoing shoulder concerns.
Taumalolo’s latest injury will mean he risks missing clashes with the Raiders and Warriors set for the coming weeks.
The Cowboys are hoping to notch back-to-back wins for the first time since last year when they come up against the beleaguered Bulldogs at home.
Todd Payten’s side got off to a flying start against the Tigers last week, ripping apart the brittle Wests defence in the first half to claim their first win of the year.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are the only team in the league yet to record a victory in 2021 and will be desperate to hand Trent Barrett his first win as coach.
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