Cook Islands rugby league skipper Alex Glenn has been sidelined for three weeks with a badly lacerated leg he suffered against the Parramatta Eels.
Glenn, who played his first NRL game as the Brisbane Broncos captain on Wednesday last week, was taken off the field at the half time due to a calf injury.
The 31-year-old underwent a surgery the morning after the match to properly clean the deep cut to the calf he suffered in the 6-36 loss to the top placed Eels.
Broncos coach Anthony Seibold said they hope Glenn would be able to return for round six clash with Newcastle.
“Lexie will be out for the next couple of weeks – we think it’s going to be a 14-day recovery. He has a major cut to his calf muscle so he had to have a surgical intervention on Friday (Thursday) morning to clean out the wound.
“It’s now a matter of that healing, and he can’t do any exercise for 10 days because he can’t sweat, with the risk of infection
“We’re hoping that he’ll be right to play Newcastle (in Round 6) but he’ll certainly miss the next couple of weeks.”
Glenn said the injury was not how he wanted to kick start his 2020 season.
But he thanked his families, friends and fans for the kind messages of support.
“I am truly grateful. Surgery went well and I’m on the mends to being back out there with the team chasing those two points each week,” Glenn posted on his Instagram.
In lead up to the match against the Eels, Glenn told NRL.com that he couldn’t wait for the competition to resume after a lengthy break due to the Covid-19 crisis.
He missed the first two match of the 2020 season due to an earlier hamstring injury.
“The whole isolation has been good, chilling at home but you start missing being around the boys and throwing the footy around. The training has been such a good vibe,” Glenn said a week ago.
“In the first two games, our boys played great. For myself, it was so hard to be on the sideline and cheer them on.”
Charles Carlson, the president of the Cook Islands Rugby League, said getting Glenn back on the field would be a major boost for the national side.
Glenn is expected to lead the Kukis in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup to be held in United Kingdom.
“I think Glenn’s experience as the captain of the Broncos in the NRL competition will have a big impact on our preparation,” Carlson said.
The Broncos played the Sydney Roosters last night.