Raiders’ Jack Wighton battles rib injury

Jack Wighton will likely need painkiller shots to play in Canberra’s clash with Parramatta as reigning medalist Dally M battles a rib injury.

Wighton was injured in the first half of the Raiders’ 34-18 win over Cronulla, when he suffered an accidental kick from Sharks winger Sione Katoa while scoring a try.

The No.6 Raiders were strapped onto the field and then had a needle at halftime, before leaving the field on time with too much pain.

Canberra isn’t sure if he’ll be fit to play against the Eels given the five-day deadline, but if he does, he’ll likely need help.

The Raiders’ game on the Gold Coast on Thursday night is a pivotal season for Canberra.

After a dismal race where they won just two of 11 games, Saturday night’s victory marked their first straight wins since the opening two laps.

But such is the nature of the 2021 season, they are now only in the top eight in pros and cons and place ninth.

An upset victory over the Eels would at least momentarily put them back in a position to pay off for the final for the first time since April.

“I’m not sure (if I will be able to play),” Wighton told Nine’s Sunday Footy Show.

“We will have to try to point the coast throughout the week and make sure there is no pain.

“If the needle works, I’ll be good to go.”

There are also injury issues for livewire full-back Xavier Savage, who was one of the Raiders’ best in Saturday night’s win while playing against a pain in his shoulder.

The 19-year-old struggled with an AC joint injury earlier in his career.

With Canberra ninth and a crucial point at home, coach Ricky Stuart has indicated he will take a cautious approach.

“We actually have a few. We’ll wait and see,” said coach Stuart.

“We have a very short turnaround against a good football team this week.

“You might see some new faces because I’m not going to risk anyone right now.

“It’s too balanced this part of the season so I’ll just wait and see how Jack and a few other guys are doing.”

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