Unlucky break for Capras skipper
RUGBY LEAGUE: Severe bone bruising has been revealed to be a fractured leg for CQ Capras captain Jack Madden five weeks after the break went undetected in the early testing stages.
The talented player has been sidelined since his Round 1 injury on March 10, which was initially thought to be bruising sustained by a knock in the game.
In every attempt to get back on the field, Jack has been unknowingly walking, working and attempted to train on his fractured fibula that was initially reported as a "lower leg injury".
After the 24-year-old saw little improvement from several physiotherapy sessions, the fracture was confirmed last week via x-ray.
Coach Kim Williams said the "very small crack" was missed in initial scans because of the minor size of the fracture.
The halfback is set to be sidelined for a further few weeks in his first year as club captain.
Madden's injury has similar characteristics to the fractured neck suffered by Brisbane Broncos' back-rower Matt Gillett, who injured himself 20 minutes into Brisbane's Round 1 NRL clash only to play on for a further five games before the hairline fracture was detected.
Meanwhile, Darcy Davey will make his debut for the Capras in their Round 7 clash against the Northern Pride this weekend.
The Norths Chargers' hooker was yesterday named in an extended 21-man squad for the clash, which will headline a full day of footy action at Emerald's McIndoe Park.
The Capras head into the contest on the back of two losses and are hungry for the two points to ensure they stay in touch with the competition's top six.
Hooker Billy Gilbert, who has been a revelation in the opening rounds, is out for a week after suffering a head knock in the team's 32-point loss to the Souths Logan Magpies last weekend.
Aaron Teroi, who has been playing halfback in the absence of Madden, will wear the No.9 on Saturday, while stand-in skipper Jerry Key will move to five-eighth.
Coach Kim Williams said the versatile Key had a history of playing in that position.
"He's a very skilled ball player and a good organiser of play and he won't be out of his comfort zone there at all," he Williams said.
"At the beginning of the season, probably positionally it's not exactly what we expected by Round 7 but we've got the cattle to cover those positions."
Williams said it was exciting for the hard-working Davey to get a start this weekend.
"He's a local guy who's come through the Norths system over the last couple of years and been very good for them.
"He had a really good pre-season with us, was strong in the trials, so he deserves his chance.
"He's got an excellent running game and we feel that he'll bring a fair bit of energy off the bench."
Williams is preparing for a "dour defensive struggle" against a Northern Pride outfit, which boasts the halves pairing of former NRL star Todd Carney and Jake Clifford.
"I think it will be a pretty tough one and probably won in the forwards," he said.
"We've got to limit the damage of their forward pack, which will then help us contain their halves."
Gladstone's Tyson White has been named on the bench for CQ.