Catalans Dragons have confirmed centre Dean Whare will be out for around 12 weeks with a torn pectoral muscle.
Whare was forced from the field just six minutes into the Dragons’ 18-10 win over Hull KR on Friday. Head Coach Steve McNamara said after the match it was a pectoral injury, but not the same one he injured in the Grand Final.
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He said on Friday:“It looks like he’s torn his pec. The opposite one, not the one he did last season in the Grand Final.
“It’s disappointing for him, but we will get that treated as soon as we can.”
Whare to have surgery on the injury
In a statement released on Wednesday night, the club confirmed he would need surgery after undergoing scans to determine the severity of the injury.
The Dragons said: “Dean Whare underwent scans to determine the extent of his injury after leaving the field injured during the match against Hull KR.
“The scans have confirmed that he ruptured his left pec and will require surgery. He will be unavailable for an estimated 12 weeks.”
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It is a blow for Whare, who arrived at the Dragons ahead of the 2021 season from Penrith. He would play a key role as the Dragons won the League Leaders Shield, and also got to the Super League Grand Final for the first time.
In 2022, he had only missed one game against Warrington with a similar injury. He could return for their round 16 clash against Castleford in June at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle.