Wednesday, December 1

NRL Finals Series: Penrith Panthers forward Scott Sorensen addresses wrist injury and clash with South Sydney Rabbitohs

He’s suffered a serious injury at the worst possible time, but Panthers forward Scott Sorensen remains positive in the run-up to the final.

Since dislocating his wrist a week before the final, Panthers forward Scott Sorensen has focused his attention on rallying his troops for Saturday’s crucial clash with the Rabbitohs.

In what he called “a crazy accident,” Sorensen was hit from the back by teammate Liam Martin when they both made a tackle in last week’s 40-6 victory over Parramatta.

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Sorensen left the field, clutching his right wrist. It was the start of a long 24 hours for the former Shark and Raider.

“Coming from the field, they tried to put (their wrist) back on, but they were trying to be nice to it for my sake,” he said Thursday.

“At the same time, they were trying to get him back as strong as they could, but there was no way that would happen.”

Sorensen was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital, where it was discovered that he had dislocated his wrist.

The 28-year-old spent the night in the hospital, only to reschedule his appointment with a doctor three times the next day.

By his own estimation, Sorensen spent “16 to 20 hours” with his wrist out of place.

Despite the ordeal and the possibility of missing the September action, Sorensen remains positive.

“It’s not ideal, it’s not great, but to be honest, it’s a pretty good result with what happened,” he said Thursday.

“Once I knew that the fracture was not there and that there was no rupture, I began to see it in a much more positive light.”

Earlier in the week, Sorensen told News Corp that because the injury was a dislocation rather than a tear, he had a chance to play again in 2021.

In the meantime, he is concentrating on “doing the wrist right” and supporting his fellow Panthers ahead of his clash with South Sydney this Saturday.

“We have a great game this weekend, but this week has been completely focused on us. We really want to get the job done, ”he said.

“I know that everyone says that whoever wears that jersey to play this weekend will do a job, and I completely believe it.

“All the guys do it, so we are looking forward to the challenge.”

The winner of the game advances to a grand qualifying final, while the loser faces the Eels or Knights in a sudden death semifinal next weekend.

The Panthers announced that they had picked up Sorensen from the Sharks just two months into the start of this season.

After making limited first-grade appearances at his previous two clubs, Sorensen didn’t miss a game between his club debut in round 9 and the end of the regular season.

His good form from the bank was rewarded with a two-year contract extension in July.

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