Tom Dearden after hurting his leg for the Broncos in June. Picture: Jono Searle/Getty Images
Young Broncos gun Tom Dearden injures leg in QCup return
Chris Honnery, The Courier-Mail
August 4, 2019 9:10pm
The Broncos are confident young halfback Tom Dearden hasn’t suffered a serious ankle injury after he was taken from the field in Wynnum Manly’s 18-2 win over Easts Tigers on Saturday.
Dearden was left clutching at his ankle after reeling out of a tackle in the 39th minute and had to be assisted from the field at Langlands Park. Serious concerns were held for the 18-year-old, who was playing his first game back from a serious ankle injury in Brisbane’s 26-18 loss to the Titans in June. The halfback underwent surgery to his ankle on June 11 and was being eased back to full fitness at Red Hill before being sent to the Intrust Super Cup for match fitness on the weekend. The Broncos were on Sunday confident the youngster had avoided any serious damage to his ankle, despite not returning to the field in the second half.
The Broncos are confident Tom Dearden has avoided any serious damage to his ankle.
Tigers halfback Josh Ralph was also injured in the same game, suffering a season-ending knee injury. The 22-year-old collapsed to the ground after stepping off his right foot just before the halftime siren and scans yesterday revealed an ACL tear. Tigers coach Scott Sipple said it was a big loss for the side as they continued their charge up to the Intrust Super Cup finals. “He had scans on Sunday so he will most likely get surgery on it,” Sipple said. “It’s a big loss. “He’s very professional though so I know he will be able to come back from it.”
The Broncos are likely to provide an update on Dearden’s injury today but it is understood to be less severe than first thought. It comes as Brisbane prepare for Thursday night’s crucial derby with the Cowboys in Townsville as the Broncos look to keep their finals hopes alive. The Broncos now sit 10th on the ladder after their 40-4 hammering at the hands of Melbourne on Friday night.