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Broncos winger Kemp in hospital

By Wayne Heming 29/03/2010 07:41:55 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane winger Denan Kemp had fluid drained from his lungs on Monday after spending Sunday night in hospital.

While team mate Israel Folau underwent surgery to repair a compound dislocation of the ring finger on his right hand, Kemp remained in hospital with broken ribs following the 48-16 loss to the Warriors.

"He's pretty bad," said Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak when asked for an update on Kemp's condition.

"He's still in hospital. He had his lungs drained today (Monday), he is pretty crook.

"He's looking at two months or more on the sidelines."

The 83kg Kemp, emerged from a three-man tackle on Warriors' winger Manu Vatuvei, who tips the scales at 112kg, midway through the first half, clutching at his side and doubled over before bravely trying to get back in position on the right wing knowing Folau had already left the field.

"He did incredibly well to stay on the field," said Henjak, faced with a nightmare week trying to piece together a team to play the Sydney Roosters on Good Friday.

Folau's bone was protruding after he drove his hand into the turf trying to ground a Peter Wallace bomb in the 20th minute.

"Hopefully Izzy will only be three to four weeks which is the best we could have hoped for.

Apart from finding replacements for Folau and Kemp, Henjak could also lose up-and-coming utility Matt Gillett who again impressed with his skills against the Warriors before suffering a corked thigh in the second half.

"We're sort of hoping he'll be right for Friday night, he's an outside chance," he said.

Henjak was already down troops before Sunday with Test centre Justin Hodges (achilles) and young winger Jharal Yow Yeh (knee) both on extended sideline duty.

Ben Te'o and Alex Glenn are in line for back line roles against the Roosters as Henjak cobbles a 17-man squad together.

"Our depth was already being tested but we'll have to come up with something.

"I'll name a team tomorrow (Tuesday) but it mightn't be the team that plays on Friday night."

Henjak said the players would have to deal with the injuries and get on with things.

"There's a lot of other people doing it a lot tougher then me," he said.

"You have to put things into perspective and we'll just get on with it."

Henjak also said he was surprised by newspaper reports on Monday suggesting forward Lagi Setu was set to walk out on the club and join the Sydney Roosters.

The report, in the Australian newspaper, speculated that Setu could even line up for the Roosters against Brisbane in Sydney on Friday night.

Setu played off the bench against the Warriors on Sunday but was not selected for Brisbane's opening two games of the season against the Cowboys and Canberra.

"He hasn't come to me and asked for a release or said he is unhappy," Henjak told AAP.

"Lagi's got a contract with us, it's news to me."

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