Mixed News for Campbell-Gillard, Mitchell
The State of Origin fate of injured stars Latrell Mitchell and Reagan Campbell-Gillard was mixed following an incident-packed match between the Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.
Campbell-Gillard received the results of scans on Saturday morning which confirmed the Panthers prop had suffered a broken jaw.
The 24-year-old suffered an undisplaced fracture of the mandible and will see a surgeon next week to consider his best options for recovery. It is expected Campbell-Gillard will be sidelined for at least four to six weeks.
Campbell-Gillard collided with Roosters forward Jared Waerea-Hargreaves from a kick restart in the first half and left the field in the 21st minute for a head injury assessment, later confirmed as a jaw injury.
Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues centre Mitchell - who was taken from the field on a stretcher with a neck injury in the second half - appears set to take his place in the NSW side next Sunday night.
He posted comments to his fans on social media late on Friday night.
"Hey everyone, just would like to say I'm feeling the love, gratefully nothing is serious,'' he wrote.
''Couple days with a stiff neck but happy that's all it will be!!"
Mitchell left the field in the 50th minute after landing awkwardly from a Nathan Cleary tackle.
Play was stopped for close to 10 minutes as Mitchell was given treatment before he was later seen sitting up in the dressing sheds, which was a far more positive sign.
Speaking after the match, Roosters coach Trent Robinson was optimistic regarding the 20-year-old.
"He's just gone for scans now. It was fairly positive in the sheds but I think he's doing well," he said.
Roosters and NSW captain Boyd Cordner said everyone took a sharp breath when Mitchell was first injured.
"It's not good at all when you see someone go down like that. Straight away I was close to him,'' he said.
"He was saying it was his neck. You don't want to see that in the game, especially with one of your teammates but he's in good hands with our medical staff. From all reports he's doing OK which is good, it's a positive sign."
With Campbell-Gillard, who made his debut in the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues' Origin I win at the MCG, ruled out of Game Two next Sunday at ANZ Stadium, a number of NSW props will be considered for selection. Titans prop Ryan James or Dragons forward Tariq Sims will both be hopeful of earning their debut, while experienced NSW props James Tamou and Aaron Woods are also options for coach Brad Fittler.