Former Leigh half-back suffers punctured lung on NRL duty

James Messenger

Former Leigh half-back Drew Hutchison has been sidelined after sustaining a punctured lung playing for Sydney Roosters in the NRL. 

The 26-year-old collided with the knees of Parramatta’s Dylan Brown in the act of touching the ball down.

He looked in visible pain after the incident which, at the time, didn’t yield any further action.

The former St. George Illawarra youngster also suffered a broken rib and is expected to be out for a minimum of six weeks.

Eels playmaker Brown has since been handed a three-game suspension for sliding in with the knees.

Back in 2018, Hutchison scored 13 tries in 35 appearances for the Centurions before completing a move to the Roosters 12 months later.

News of the injury comes as a big blow for the Roosters half-back, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

A Parramatta statement confirmed that Brown has since spoken to Hutchison and apologised for his part in the incident.