Penrith have been rocked by the news their premiership-winning winger Taylan May will miss the entire season after suffering an ACL injury during his side’s shock World Club Challenge loss last weekend.
May sustained the knee injury during the first half against St Helens and left the field under assistance of a trainer after staying down in a tackle on the halfway line.
May went down with eight minutes remaining on the clock in the first half with Konrad Hurrell and Morgan Knowles locking him up before Agnatius Paasi entered as the final man into the tackle.
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“The Bunker might have something to say about this,” Andrew Voss said in commentary on Fox League following an initial replay of the incident.
“You can come in as third man, but you can’t come in with force is what we’ve become accustomed to.”
However, no action was taken on Paasi either during the match or afterwards through the judiciary.
May, who was a vital component of Penrith’s title last season, stayed down on the turf clutching at his left knee as a result of the tackle.
He received treatment as play continued on around him, before getting to his feet and walking off.
Today, scans have confirmed the worst possible news for the player who was already set to sit out the opening two rounds due to a disciplinary matter from last year.
INJURY UPDATE ? Panthers winger Taylan May is set for an extended period on the sidelines.
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“Panthers winger Taylan May will miss the 2023 NRL season after sustaining an ACL injury during the World Club Challenge,” a Penrith statement read.
“The Samoa international suffered the knee injury during the first half of Saturday night’s match.
“Scans revealed May will require surgery on the ACL injury, ruling him out for the entire season.”
Meanwhile, following the club’s heartbreaking 13-12 golden point loss to the four-time English champions, Spencer Leniu opened up on his future at the foot of the mountains.
“My manager is still sorting all that stuff out,” the enforcer told The Sporting News.
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“My main focus is just trying to get the job done for these boys here. Honestly, I just told my manager I wanted to focus on this week, and we will talk about it after.
“I haven’t heard about any offers just yet.”