Bulldogs' Hopoate hospitalised with possible facial fracture
Canterbury Bulldogs back Will Hopoate could face a lengthy lay-off after being hospitalised with a suspected facial fracture sustained during Thursday's NRL defeat to Sydney Roosters.
The pain of a second successive loss for the Bulldogs, who went down 28-24 at Allianz Stadium, was added to by injuries for Hopoate and Kerrod Holland.
Holland hurt his shoulder in the act of scoring the game's opening try and was soon replaced, while Hopoate was involved in a nasty clash of heads towards the end of the match.
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler said of Hopoate in a news conference: "He's gone to hospital, just for a check-up. He's got a pretty good concussion and there might be a fracture around his eye, his orbital or something like that, so we'll get that checked out."
Hopoate Update: He has gone to hospital with a severe concussion and a possible fracture. We will keep you all updated. #proudtobeabulldog-- NRL Bulldogs (@NRL_Bulldogs) March 9, 2017
Hasler rued the early exit of goal-kicker Holland, after Moses Mbye landed just two of the five conversions he attempted on Thursday.
"He [Holland] has hurt his shoulder, so he'll be out for a little while," added Hasler.
"It's a shame because he probably would have kicked a couple of those goals."