NRL: Mannering gets lip reattached to face

Simon Mannering. Photo / YouTube.
Simon Mannering. Photo / YouTube.

The scars from last night's dreadful defeat to the Storm are likely to be long-lasting for most Warriors players but few will be as damaged as Simon Mannering after he needed his lip reattached to his face.

Mannering suffered a facial injury early in the second half in the Warriors' embarrassing 42-0 defeat to Melbourne which needed surgery.

"Simon got out of hospital this morning," Warriors captain Ryan Hoffman told Radio Sport. "He had surgery last night to reattach his lip to his face. He doesn't look too good.

I think he's got about 25 stitches to his face."

Mannering is the last player the Warriors can afford to do without as they try to respond to one of their worst defeats in history. He is their best defender, having made a club-high 344 tackles (Ben Matulino is next best with 234) and, as former skipper, is an on-field leader.

It's unclear how long he will be sidelined and his participation in next Friday's Anzac test, when the Kiwis will be going for a fourth consecutive win over Australia, is in serious jeopardy.

Utility Tui Lolohea, who started at fullback last night because of the season-ending knee injury to Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, is also likely to miss Sunday's game against the Dragons after suffering medial ligament damage to a knee. Lolohea is due to have scans this week.

Coach Andrew McFadden will this afternoon name his team to face the Dragons at Mt Smart Stadium.

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