Manu still has three metal plates in the right side of his face from the infamous collision that ended his and Latrell Mitchell’s 2021 season and knew immediately his right cheekbone was fractured the moment it happened.
“I was stunned and felt it,” said Manu. “I felt the indentation because it was quite indented.
“As soon as I felt it I knew it felt the same and my ears were ringing. I just walked off the field and said to the coaches, “Looks like it’s broken”.
“I sat down and after an hour or two I knew it wasn’t that bad. I watched the guys train and didn’t take any painkillers.”
The Roosters on Wednesday announced Hyundai as their shirt sponsor for the next three years, making the 2023 tricolor game shirt the most valuable in the club’s history. At the announcement, captain James Tedesco said there was no timetable for Crichton’s return to the game as he lauded the Australian and NSW representative’s importance to the Roosters pack.
“We just supported him, he’s going through some things right now, we can’t really go into details, but we support him and hopefully he can train again,” Tedesco said.
“He’s an important part of our team, he was one of the best back rowers in the game last year. We miss him and we want him to play with us out there, he’s a big part of our team.”
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