The Gold Coast Titans have confirmed their worst fears this afternoon – a ruptured ACL for skipper Ryan James.
The forward will now be sidelined for six months, after scans returned the result today.
He will undergo surgery this week, before rehabilitation commences.
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Ryan James seemed to suffer the injury in a collision during Sunday’s win against the Newcastle Knights at CBUS.
Titans Head of Performance Dan Ferris said the tear actually happened before the collision.
“He just caught in an awkward position when he extended the leg and it twisted inside and unfortunately the ACL didn’t hold up.
“Knowing Ryan like I do, he’ll do everything he possibly can to come back bigger and stronger.
“I know he’s hurting at the moment but we’ll get the surgery done and commence the rehab straight away.
“He had one on the other leg in 2011 and showed extreme dedication in rehabbing that and hasn’t had any injuries since.
“We feel for him at the moment but we know he’ll get back to his best,” Mr Ferris said.
It’s a major blow to a resurgent Titans team that has now won two straight against pre-season top-eight fancies Penrith and Newcastle.
A replacement captain is yet to be named.