Wollongong Hawks’ worst injury nightmare has been confirmed with starting guard Lance Hurdle out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.
Hurdle tore his ACL in the Hawks overtime loss to Cairns last Friday night and will be out for six to nine months.
The news follows his starting guard partner Rhys Martin also rupturing his ACL in the first quarter against the Taipans and also needing a knee reconstruction.
The dreadful news follows forward Dan Jackson missing the Cairns clash with a calf injury, while Tyson Demos, Larry Davidson and Tim Coenraad have all just returned from injury.
The Hawks have lost their past four games and while still in fourth spot (8-7) have to take on the league-leading Breakers (13-3) in New Zealand on Thursday, then head to Townsville to take on the Crocodiles on Saturday night.
Hurdle will have surgery either on Friday or next Tuesday, but will remain with the Hawks team for the rest of the season.
Martin is seeing a specialist today to confirm a date for his surgery.