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Groin injury ends Anasta's NRL season

By Steve Jancetic 26/07/2006 07:26:50 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters five-eighth Braith Anasta has officially pulled the plug on his disappointing 2006 NRL campaign after undergoing surgery on his troublesome groin.

The pain became too much for Anasta after he exacerbated an injury which had plagued him since the start of the season in Saturday night's embarrassing 25-0 loss to the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium.

The defeat signalled the end of the Roosters' top eight hopes with the glamour club now to miss the finals series for the second year in a row.

After visiting a specialist, Anasta underwent surgery on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to return to full training when the club commences its pre-season work in early November.

"I've carried this injury since the start of the season, unfortunately it has progressively deteriorated and surgery is the only answer," Anasta said in a statement released by the club.

"Like everyone at the Roosters, I am disappointed about how the season has worked out, and now I am particularly frustrated that I won't be able to get on the field with my teammates to help turn it around.

"Although it's not good news, I now have the opportunity to have it fixed and get back to 100 per cent fitness for pre-season training."

Season 2006 won't go down as one to remember for the 24-year-old pivot following his move from the Bulldogs to the Bondi Junction club in the offseason.

One of two high-profile recruits along with former South Sydney lock Ashley Harrison, the pair bore the brunt of criticism from the Roosters faithful as the club failed to return to the finals after missing the top eight last year for the first time since 1995.

Anasta also lost his place in the NSW side for the State of Origin series decider following a poor performance in the game two loss to Queensland.

Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan said he felt sorry Anasta was never able to take to the field fully fit.

"It's been in the back of his mind ever since he hurt it in the club's opening trial in Gosford," Canavan said.

"He's very disappointed in parts of his performances but one thing the club hasn't been disappointed in is with his effort.

"He certainly could have used the groin (as an excuse) on other occasions but he didn't.

"We're disappointed to have lost him for the last six games but he just really couldn't carry on the way it was."

Anasta's unavailability has opened the door for Brett Finch to return to the starting side with coach Ricky Stuart naming him at five-eighth for Sunday's clash against North Queensland at Aussie Stadium.

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