Former Huddersfield Giants man Danny Levi has been ruled out for the remainder of 2023 with a repeat of a broken jaw that he had already suffered once this season.
The hooker, 26, is a 2024 target for both Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC, and is currently in the NRL with Canberra Raiders.
Falling out of favour, the Wellington-born New Zealand and Samoa international dropped down to feature in the New South Wales Cup in recent weeks. Tom Starling and Zac Woolford have been the men favoured by veteran Canberra boss Ricky Stuart.
Danny Levi set for lengthy spell on the sidelines
Levi first broke his jaw in Round 3 against Cronulla Sharks, with some outlets suggesting the injury then was so bad that Raiders staff had to search the field for teeth that had flown out of his mouth.
And now, the club have confirmed in a statement that the hooker will be out indefinitely with yet another broken jaw. The caveat to the story being that this time, it’s broken in a different place.
The statement on their website read: ‘Danny Levi has suffered a fractured jaw playing in the NSW Cup match yesterday afternoon against Blacktown.
‘The fracture is in a different place than earlier this season. He will have a follow-up appointment to see if he requires surgery, but it is likely he will miss the remainder of the regular season.’
Levi adds to the list of Raiders players sat on the sidelines at the moment. There’s now him, Corey Harawira-Naera, Elijah Anderson and Jordan Martin whose injuries are expected to keep them out at least until the end of 2023.
Levi heading back to Super League?
Today’s confirmation from Canberra that Levi will be out for the rest of the season means that the 26-year-old could have played his last game for the club.
The hooker only joined back in January on a two-year deal having spent 2022 in Super League with Huddersfield. Should Leeds or Hull FC bring him back over, they’d have to strike a deal with Canberra as well as the player.
In the year with the Giants, Levi reached the Challenge Cup final, playing 30 times with 22 of those as a starter.
He also went on to represent Samoa in the World Cup, again reaching the final but ending up on the losing side.