Raiders star Bateman sent to hospital for eye-socket scans

John Bateman was taken to hospital on Saturday for tests on a suspected fractured eye socket sustained in Canberra Raiders' win over Penrith Panthers.

The England international was forced off in the first half of the Raiders' 30-12 victory after he failed a head injury assessment test having taken a blow to the face when attempting to make a tackle.

Bateman, who helped Wigan Warriors win the Super League Grand Final last year before leaving for the NRL, has enjoyed a promising first season in Canberra and Raiders coach Ricky Stuart is hopeful his problem is not too serious.

"They've taken him off to hospital to get scanned," he told a news conference afterwards.

"That's on an eye socket. Hopefully it's not too many weeks if it is long term."

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