SHEFFIELD Eagles forward Alex Rowe may need a second operation as fears grow that an arm he broke last season has failed to heal.
Rowe says he was aware that “something wasn’t right” when he played in the friendly against Wakefield Wildcats earlier this month.
He broke his left forearm in a game against Hunslet last August and had surgery in which a plate was inserted to strengthen the bone.
The injury kept the all-action prop out of last season’s Championship Grand Final and a second operation could put him on the sidelines for three months.
“I was struggling in the Wakefield game and I played through it, but I could tell that something wasn’t right so I went to hospital the other day and had an X-ray,” revealed Rowe.
“It’s not knitted together properly and I’ve seen a specialist and he’s worried that it might need another operation with three months off. That’s the worst-case scenario, the best about six weeks.
“The doctors are not sure, I need to have a scan to see whether I need an operation. It is a bit of a worry because I did it so long ago and came back and played.”
Rowe has a key role in the Eagles’ game-plan, coming off the bench as a impact forward.
That’s seen him score 21 tries in 53 games since signing from Doncaster in 2008.
With new season kicking off in just over a week it’s a setback for Eagles coach Mark Aston.
“I’m concerned; it’s a blow for Alex and the club,” her admitted.
“He hasn’t done contact training since the Wakefield game and wasn’t fit to face Doncaster,” he said.
“We have to resolve the problem. If the break hasn’t healed, what needs to be done? If Alex needs another operation and a bone graft he could be out for another three months.
“It’s unfortunate because on his day Alex is a force to be reckoned with.”
However, Aston is confident he can cover for Rowe’s absence after boosting the Eagles first-team squad to 25 this season.