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:	NRL, Rugby League, Trial Game, Melbourne Storm v  Canberra Raiders @ AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC, Saturday February 8th, 2013. Digital Image by Brett Crockford ©

Young Melbourne Storm centre Richie Kennar suffered a serious hip injury in Monday night’s NYC game and could be sidelined for up to 16 weeks.

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It’s a big blow for the 19-year old Melbourne born junior who has been playing outstanding football for Storm’s feeder team Brisbane Easts.

Kennar suffered the injury to his left hip in the second half of Storm’s NYC victory over the Dragons, he returned to the Thunderbolts team on Monday night after the Brisbane Easts game was postponed on Sunday.

He has a fracture to the posterior wall of acetabulum. This will more than likely require surgery.

Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said the Club was extremely disappointed for Richie who had been in very strong form.

“We are really disappointed for Richie, he has been playing outstanding football with Brisbane Easts and has been very close to first grade selection,” Ponissi said.

“He played in our pre-season trials and in the Auckland 9s and was in excellent early season form. With the suspension of Will Chambers and the season ending injury to Matt Duffie was under strong consideration to make his NRL debut.

“Richie is a great young kid and we know he will work hard at his rehab and come back to play some good footy in the second half of the season.”


Matt Duffie - Knee - Season

Slade Griffin - Knee - Season

Richie Kennar - Hip - Indefinete

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