Knights lose teen Best for extended period
Newcastle's teen sensation Bradman Best is expected to spend a lengthy period on the sidelines after suffering an elbow injury at training this week.
The 19-year-old centre has been one of the stars of the NRL season after just two rounds and his absence will be a blow for the Knights as they prepare to take on Wests Tigers on Sunday.
The club are yet to confirm how long Best will miss, but it comes with Knights stars Kalyn Ponga, Blake Green, Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Edrick Lee still yet to take the field this year.
In two games this year the brute teenager has already scored one try and set up two others to stir up hype around his potential selection for NSW when State of Origin returns to mid-season this year.
With the first match of the series on June 9 in Melbourne, Best and the Blues will be hoping surgery is not needed and the player can make a quick return to the field.
Knights coach Adam O'Brien has named Gehamat Shibasaki to replace him in the centres against the Tigers at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.
It is an important game for the Knights, with halfback Mitchell Pearce to play his 300th NRL game and the team hunting to start the season with three-straight wins.
"We celebrated a lot earlier in the week and spoke about (Pearce's) milestone and spoke about the achievement, and that was put to bed early and we got on with what we need to do against the Tigers," O'Brien said on Saturday.
"Regardless of results and performance I wouldn't change anything with our prep, it's been really solid."
The Knights are full of confidence after solid wins against Canterbury and the Warriors, while the Tigers have been thoroughly beaten by Canberra and Sydney Roosters to start the season.
However, O'Brien has warned the side not to take the TIgers lightly considering their calibre of coach in Michael Maguire.
"Teams are a reflection of their coach's character and he's a competitor, Madge," O'Brien said.
"He doesn't like losing and at the end of the day they played two top-four teams, two very good teams in our competition, so they're not far off.
"We understand what's in front of us and we've prepared right."
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