He felt the bone sticking out - Bellamy discusses horror thumb injury for Bromwich

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Craig Bellamy reflected on a huge blow for Melbourne Storm as he provided gruesome details of the thumb injury that forced Jesse Bromwich off in their NRL season-opener.

New Zealand captain Bromwich - the Dally M prop of the year in 2016 - was in clear discomfort as he made a swift exit from the field just 10 minutes into his side's 12-6 win over Canterbury Bulldogs on Friday.

At a post-match news conference, Storm coach Bellamy said: "He didn't hesitate to come off, as soon as he was in the tackle, and it was pretty innocuous, the tackle didn't look like anything, but all of a sudden he was heading for the sideline, which is not like him at all. So he knew he'd done some bad damage.

"He's dislocated it [his right thumb] - I don't know whether he's busted it or not, but he's dislocated it and it's come through the skin.

"He's obviously looked down, well I think he actually put his hand down and sort of felt the bone sticking out and his thumb sort of drooping down, so that's why he knew there was something wrong."

Bromwich is now likely to be absent for several weeks at least, and Bellamy added: "It is a big blow, huge.

"As Cameron [Smith, the Storm captain] said, he's a real spearhead for us. We consider him the best front-rower in the game, so to lose him so early was a big thing. He's going to be missing for a while, I think."