Canterbury coach Trent Barrett will spend the next 24 hours contemplating how to name a team to face Canberra after two players were hospitalised on Sunday night.
Lachlan Lewis and Corey Allan were both taken to hospital during a 32-12 loss to St George Illawarra, adding to the already exhaustive list of injuries for the club.
It’s feared Lewis has a rib and lung issue, while Allan was in bad shape after a taking a heavy knock to the head when driven into touch at Jubilee Stadium.
Prop Ava Seumanufagai also failed a head injury assessment and will need to pass concussion protocols to play the Raiders at Magic Round in Brisbane.
Already the Bulldogs are missing Josh Jackson, Jayden Okunbor, Christian Crichton, Jack Hetherington, Jeremy Marshall-King, Raymond Faitala Mariner and Dylan Napa from the starting NRL side.
“We’re in a bit of a hole,” Barrett said.
“Those blokes, it’s 50 per cent of your starting side, really.”
Barrett said they will have no players fit to return next week and will struggle to name a team, but it was no excuse for their poor performance against the Dragons.
“We’ll do our best,” he said.
“We pulled six blokes out of the Mounties game (NSW Cup) today because of the COVID thing, because if they played today and we got the injuries, they’d have to go into quarantine because they broke the bubble.
“It’s just what it is at the minute.”
The team Barrett wants to name and the team he does pick could be two different things come Tuesday.
Barrett benched halfback Kyle Flanagan at halftime against the Dragons but was forced to bring him back on once Lewis was taken off the field.
He said the young halfback needs to bounce back quickly this week.
“We have to, we all have to. Kyle isn’t the only one,” he said.
“There’s 17 blokes in a team and we all have to perform, but we’ve all got different role to play too.
“If we’re not getting the job done we have to think about making some changes. We’ll address that through the week.”