Luai’s season not over: Injured playmaker targets Finals return

Jarome Luai leaves the field against the Eels. Photo: NRL Images.
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Penrith superstar Jarome Luai has not given up on returning this season despite suffering a serious shoulder injury last night.

Luai left the field in the first half after dislocating the shoulder while trying to score a try in the 32-18 loss.

After initial fears his season was over, Luai has been given a glimmer of hope by scans this morning.

“The representative playmaker has avoided immediate surgery however there is significant damage to the shoulder,” the Panthers said in a statement.

“Luai will immediately begin rehabilitation on the injured shoulder in a bid to return during the NRL Finals Series.”

Jarome Luai suffered a shoulder injury against Parramatta. Photo: NRL Images.

Luai will miss Penrith’s opening Finals game but is targeting a return in the Preliminary Final should the Panthers make it.

The 26-year-old told The Sydney Morning Herald this afternoon: “I feel good. It’s not too sore. People are asking me how I slept and if I got any sleep at all. I think I got eight hours, so I think that’s a good sign.”

When asked if he expected to return this season, he said: “Yes sir. Definitely.”

The Panthers’ chances of claiming the Minor Premiership took a significant blow last night with Brisbane now in the box seat to take first place on the ladder.

Regardless, the Panthers have locked in a BlueBet Stadium Final in the first weekend of the playoffs.

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