Jake Friend in hospital for chest injury
RUGBY LEAGUE: Roosters officials will eagerly await the results of tests on Noosa product Jake Friend after the star hooker was taken to hospital with a serious chest injury.
The club issued a statement yesterday saying the premiership-winning rake had been diagnosed with haemothorax, blood in the lungs caused by blunt or penetrating trauma.
The statement said Friend was taken to hospital after making a game-high 42 tackles in Sydney's 24-12 win over the Storm and would remain under watch while doctors made further examinations.
"The Sydney Roosters can confirm that upon the conclusion of the Roosters v Storm fixture, hooker Jake Friend was last night taken for x-rays, which were cleared, after complaining of shortness of breath," the statement read.
The 24-year-old has averaged 22 games each year since 2009 and has been largely injury-free throughout his NRL career.
His recovery time is unknown, but any absence would be a huge blow for the in-form premiers, who face South Sydney on Thursday in what could be a minor premiership playoff.
Friend's backup Health L'Estrange is also out after a round 23 knee injury put him out for up to six weeks and utility Daniel Mortimer joined the Titans midseason, leaving the premiers short at the position.
Coach Trent Robinson had planned to move second-rower Mitch Aubusson to hooker in round 24 before Friend returned early from a hamstring injury.