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No finals for Roosters' Graham: Mullins

By Joe Barton 20/09/2010 03:43:36 PM Comments (0)

Former Canberra star Brett Mullins has bad news for Roosters winger Phil Graham - he reckons the injured flyer has "no chance whatsoever" of playing again in the NRL finals.

Graham and Roosters medico John Orchard were desperate for better news after learning Mullins had suffered the exact same injury - a partial tear of the pectoral muscle - during his playing days at the Raiders and managed to play on without surgery.

Graham suffered the injury during the Roosters impressive 34-12 victory over Penrith in last Saturday's semi-final and Orchard remained hopeful the dashing winger could face the Gold Coast this Friday.

But it now appears Graham will not be fit for the do-or-die clash at Suncorp Stadium, nor the grand final the following week should the Roosters progress.

Mullins, the former excitement machine who won a premiership with the Roosters in 2002, believes Graham not only faces a lengthy stint on the sidelines but should also opt for surgery as soon as possible.

"If it's anything like mine then he's got no chance whatsoever, he'll be out for a couple of months," Mullins told AAP.

"I've been in contact with Dr Orchard from the Roosters (on Monday) and I said if it's anything like mine that I'd advise him to get it repaired.

"I told Dr Orchard it won't matter if they make (the grand final) because he won't be there if it's anything like mine.

"I never got mine repaired and I still have trouble with it now, and it affects my shoulder as well, it just seems like it's really loose.

"I told Dr orchard to give him my number if he wants to talk to me, but it won't be good news that I'll be giving him anyway!"

Mullins suffered the injury towards the back end of the 1999 season, and though he never had surgery to repair the damaged muscle, he did miss the final rounds of the season.

"I couldn't do anything, if that had been at the beginning of the season I think I would've missed most of the season," he explained.

"I lost a lot of strength in it because obviously the muscle is ripped off, I've just got a little ball there now where your pec is supposed to be, so that's why I'd advise him to get surgery."

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