ENGLAND international Jack Reed’s immediate NRL playing future has been put on ice by Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett, who admits the centre’s shoulder injury is causing the club’s medical staff concern.
The former Sunshine Coast junior has been replaced for tonight’s Suncorp Stadium clash against Canberra with Jordan Kahu moving to left centre and Englishman Greg Eden coming onto the wing in a reshuffled backline.
The Raiders have their own issues with fullback Jack Wighton (contrary conduct) and heavyweight forward Shannon Boyd (shoulder charge) missing due to suspension.
Bennett, who will take over as England coach at the end of the year, said Reed, who has already had surgery on both shoulders, could no longer continue to play with the pain he was currently experiencing.
Reed, who played four games for England in 2011, has been gamely shouldering the injury since the pre-season but it has progressively worsened to the point Bennett wants him to get a more thorough investigation done.
“He’ll have scans and a scope and see where we go from here,” said Bennett, who is looking to arrest a worrying three-game losing streak.
“He’s in pain all the time, whether he is sleeping or just sitting around.
“He’s kept playing with my blessing because he didn’t want to let the boys down. He’s been brave and nobody has been putting him under pressure to play but we talked about it with the medical staff yesterday and it’s just not getting any better.
“There’s no fracture there and, to be honest, we’re not sure if the rest will do it any good.
“They’re going to go in (surgically) and have a little look, tidy up a few things.”
“We just want to get him some pain relief.”
Despite a hat-trick of losses during Origin, which is a difficult time for the club with six players away, Bennett said his team was “not in a bad place”.
“The players have been terrific. I know they’re tired but they all want to come back and play because they see it as a badge of honour, but it’s about managing them,” he said.
Bennett said he wasn’t feeling any pressure following the losses but he admitted he didn’t like letting people and fans down.
“I feel the weight of letting people down, as simple as that,” he said.
“I hate letting people down, I feel embarrassed when that happens.”
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