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Goodwin's injury curse keeps him out of Charity Shield clash

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Michael Chammas, Brad Walter

 DRAGONS utility Bronx Goodwin will miss this Friday's Charity Shield clash against the Rabbitohs and the opportunity to line up against his brother Bryson for the first time after suffering a pectoral injury in St George Illawarra's first trial match of the year.

Goodwin has had a wretched run with injuries during the past few seasons and that continued on Saturday night against the Cowboys in the Dragons' 28-22 loss.

The 29-year-old, who has played only nine NRL games in the past three seasons, left the field in Cairns on Saturday night within a few minutes of taking the field in the second quarter of the match.

The full extent of the injury is unknown, and the former Canberra and Cronulla back will have scans on Monday.

''Bronx sustained a contact injury to his pectoral muscle and he will have scans on Monday to confirm the severity of the injury,'' Dragons high-performance director Andrew Gray said.

''Everyone else came through the game OK and will be available for selection for next week's Charity Shield.''

In other injury news, Parramatta back-rower Taniela Lasalo will be sidelined for up to 14 weeks after breaking his arm playing for Wentworthville last Saturday night.

Brisbane winger Dale Copley will visit a surgeon on Monday for a suspected ruptured patella tendon after being taken by stretcher from Redcliffe's Dolphin Oval in Saturday night's 16-14 loss to the Titans.

Gold Coast hooker Beau Falloon is also on the casualty list after suffering medial ligament damage and he will be racing the clock to be fit for the opening premiership clash with Cronulla.

Penrith halfback Luke Walsh lasted only 18 minutes of Saturday night's 32-18 defeat of the Warriors in Hamilton but is expected to recover from his quad injury for the Panthers' round-one match against Canberra.

Raiders hooker Matt McIlwrick injured his ribs in the trial against Mounties on Saturday night and is also in doubt for the clash.

Manly football manager Steve Gigg said the Sea Eagles expected to have Anthony Watmough available for the March 8 trip to Brisbane after he suffered a rib injury in Saturday's 20-4 loss to Sydney Roosters.

The Sea Eagles do not have another trial this weekend and apart from back-rower Glenn Stewart (knee), Gigg said Manly should be at full strength to face the Broncos.

Meanwhile, Tyrone Roberts has taken his half chance and will be in Newcastle's squad for next month's season-opener against West Tigers at Hunter Stadium.

Roberts, the 21-year-old playmaker who was expected to play the role of back-up to Kurt Gidley and Jarrod Mullen this season, showed he had other ideas with a two-try performance in the 18-6 win against South Sydney in Saturday's trial at Coffs Harbour.

with ROBERT DILLON

 

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