Only a few weeks ago it was documented how well George Jennings was playing in his first stint for the Panthers in the top grade. He was running high metres every game, breaking tackles and bagged himself a couple of tries. He was improving every week to come out of the shadow of older brother Michael, who left such a mark at the club. Horribly, and cruelly George had his momentum swiftly halted when he fractured his fibula against Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval after being sandwiched in a two-man tackle. See the footage in the match highlights:
He will require a plate insertion and be out of the game for as long as two months. It's devastating for the young man trying to cement his place in the team and also another setback for Penrith. Just when things were looking up with players starting to come back from injury and getting a win on the board, the curse struck again. It will force another positional/personnel change this week against Parramatta, of which there has already been too many. It's hard to achieve consistency when the team line-up is consistently changing. By the same token it will allow someone else to step up to the plate, such as his brother Robert or pave the way for classy international Dean Whare to return.
James Segeyaro also stated he picked up a groin strain during the match and labelled Brookvale as a "goat track", suggesting the playing surface was at fault. On a positive note, he will fine to play this Friday night.
Let's hope all players taking part are in good health coming off the bye and Penrith can put the dissapointing Eels to the sword.