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Manly set to lose co-captain King for year

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Manly's NRL premiership hopes have taken a heavy blow, with confirmation co-captain Jason King will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Thursday.
Manly set to lose co-captain King for year
by AAP

SYDNEY, May 14 AAP - Manly's NRL premiership hopes have taken a heavy blow, with confirmation co-captain Jason King will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Thursday.

King suffered the injury in the club's fiery round-seven loss to South Sydney.

King had been hopeful to manage the injury throughout the year, and had eyed off a return in Monday night's loss to the Sydney Roosters but decided over the weekend that it wasn't possible.

It is a bitter blow for the 32-year-old who was plagued by another shoulder injury last season and missed the Sea Eagles 2011 premiership victory after suffering a torn pectoral muscle.

King's injury leaves Manly coach Geoff Toovey without two senior members of his forward pack, following a season-ending Achilles injury to veteran prop Joe Galuvao last month.

The Sea Eagles will not know the full extent of King's recovery time until Friday, so Toovey remained hopeful the one-time NSW representative would be able to return towards the end of the regular season.

"We're hoping to have him back towards the end of the season," Toovey said in a statement.

"... We'll wait until Friday to determine the extent of the damage."




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