NRL 2020: Calf injury will plague Parramatta half Mitch Moses for rest of the season
Parramatta halfback Mitch Moses concedes he will have to manage his troublesome calf for the rest of the season as he attempts to steer the Eels to premiership glory.
Moses returned from a three-week lay-off in last round’s win over the Wests Tigers, starring with a try, but he concedes his calf will require constant management.
The Eels No.7 originally tweaked his calf during the NRL’s COVID-19 lockdown before he re-injured it against Canberra in Round 7.
Moses says his calf is feeling fit, but he will have to keep a close eye on it, especially in a condensed campaign.
“It is a calf, so it is probably going to linger around for the rest of the year,” Moses said.
“But I’ve just got to stay on top of it and see how it goes.
“I’m not sure. It feels all right at the moment.
“I got through that (Tigers) game pretty sweet. I’ve got the performance staff here that will look after me. I’ll just have to monitor my load this week.”
The NRL has been hit hard by a spate of soft-tissue injuries this season.
This was on display last round with Newcastle pair Connor Watson (Achilles) and Andrew McCullough (hamstring) suffering season-ending injuries.
Moses also dodged a bullet during his comeback game against the Tigers last weekend when he slipped on the wet surface while attempting to kick a sideline conversion.
Thankfully, the Eels’ No.7 escaped injury-free.
“I think everyone was on ice skates out there, but it was (frustrating), especially when you are goal kicking,” he said.
“But it (injuries) is a part of the game.
“Obviously, the circumstances we’ve been in through COVID, I don’t know if that comes into it.
“But it is rugby league and injuries happen. It is not the first year that soft-tissue injuries have happened.”
Parramatta back-rower Ryan Matterson suffered concussion in a brutal clash against the Tigers in Round 11.
Matterson left the field just 15 minutes into the match following heavy contact with Tigers prop Russell Packer.
Despite the setback, the former Tiger and Rooster has been named at starting back-row for the Eels’ clash against Canterbury on Sunday.
Moses revealed Matterson was on the right track to recovery to take on the Bulldogs.
“He is all right – he has come in and is following all the protocols when you get a head knock,” he said.
“Our performance staff and doctors will monitor him during the week and see how he goes, but he should be sweet.
“It was a bit ugly, but I think he has come out the other side and should be right.
“We’ve got the 10-day turnaround, which helps.”
There are nine rounds, and no byes, remaining before the finals, but Parramatta hooker Reed Mahoney doesn’t expect to be rested in the coming weeks.
“I’m feeling good,” Mahoney said.
“We had a couple of days off over the weekend.
“I’ll put my best foot forward for the team.”