Ryan James suffers second ACL injury in 12 months

James Messenger

Gold Coast Titans forward Ryan James has suffered a reoccurrence of the anterior cruciate ligament injury that ended his 2019 NRL season. 

Having initially suffered the injury in their Round 6 clash against Newcastle last year, James, 28, suffered a collision injury to the same knee while training this week.

The front-rower has spent his entire career at the club and has made just short of 150 NRL appearances since his debut in 2010.

He was set to make his return to action in next month’s NRL All Stars match.

James will now undergo further scans to discover the extend of the damage and is set for another extended period on the sidelines.

On the news, Titans Head of Performance and Culture Mal Meninga said: “Everyone at the Titans shared Ryan’s pain today.

“He is obviously a hugely popular part of this Club, and earned even more respect with the positive way he applied himself to his recovery from the original injury last year, without ever once getting down or feeling sorry for himself.

“We all desperately wanted Ryan to be back on the field and back to his best this season – a goal he had set himself, and deserved to achieve.

“This news is obviously devastating to Ryan and his family, but also to his friends and colleagues here at the Titans.”

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