Fensom vows to play on through injury
Shaun Fensom is hoping his sore wrist is just ligament damage, and nothing more serious. Photo: Jay Cronan
Canberra lock Shaun Fensom wants to play with an injured wrist against Gold Coast on Sunday as the Raiders seek redemption for Sunday's horror showing at Penrith.
Generally an 80-minute player, Fensom (pictured) sat out the last half hour at Centrebet Stadium after having pins and needles in his hand.
The 24-year-old had a screw inserted in the same wrist at the end of the 2011 season after breaking his scaphoid, a small bone near his thumb.
Medical officials are hopeful scans on Tuesday will reveal only ligament damage but Fensom, renowned for his grit and toughness, is desperate to play against the Titans even if scans confirm a break.
''I broke it two years ago,'' Fensom said on Monday. ''I've got a screw in my scaphoid and hopefully that's just stirred up a little bit but you can play with a broken scaphoid anyway.
''I'm not sure what happened - my whole hand went all pins and needley and I couldn't feel it for maybe five minutes.
''Because it was the same wrist I'd already broken, I was a bit worried. I strapped it up and wanted to get out there but it didn't end up happening … I'm not real fussed. I'll play with it and I'll just strap it up and get on with it.''
Fensom may receive a painkilling injection before the Gold Coast game in a bid to play.
''They want me to get a scan so they can pinpoint the problem and put the needle in if I do need a local before the game,'' he said.
Star fullback Josh Dugan was also in doubt for the Titans clash, with damaged rib ligaments, even before Monday night's revelations that he and teammate Blake Ferguson were facing club sanctions for drinking. Dugan also limped from the ground with ice strapped on a corked left thigh, which he insisted was only precautionary.
Should he be ruled out, Reece Robinson (back spasms) is expected to return and would take Dugan's No.1 jersey.
Raiders coach David Furner hinted on Monday that both Fensom and Robinson would be available for selection, dependent on Fensom's scan results.
Winger Sandor Earl, who had a horror match against the Panthers, is in danger of being omitted.
''He didn't have his best game and he wasn't a lone ranger but there were glaring ones [errors] we think about,'' Furner said.
Furner also suggested veteran prop Brett White is a big chance of being recalled.
White played 50 strong minutes for Mounties on Saturday as he continues his comeback from knee surgery. Should he be named, bench prop Tom Learoyd-Lahrs appears the player most likely to lose his spot.
''From the information we've been given, everyone's right to go - I need to have a look at how players performed,'' Furner said. ''Whitey's had a couple of good games and his leadership's important.
''I feel the forwards are all a bit the same [in playing style] at the moment. It will be horses for courses and that experience may lend itself - he's certainly in the mix.''
Fensom refused to use the hot weather at Penrith as an excuse, insisting the squad needs to ''get over it'' mentally.
''We were pretty poor yesterday,'' Fensom said.
''Their forwards dominated our forwards and our completion rate was horrendous.
''We can't keep starting the season playing like this every year.''