It’s been a turbulent start to 2021 for Newcastle Knights star Mitchell Pearce.
The 31-year-old’s nightmare off-season has gone from bad to worse, with the club confirming he will undergo surgery today (Wednesday 27 January) to repair his fractured right thumb.
Pearce picked up the knock in a training incident during the squad’s pre-season trip to Tamworth last week.
He is expected to recover in time for the start of the NRL season against Canterbury on Friday 12 March.
Pearce’s off-season has been marred by issues in his personal life, while the former skipper has also been omitted from the Knights’ five-man leadership group, which is made up of Mitch Barnett, Kalyn Ponga, Daniel Saifiti, Blake Green, and hooker Jayden Brailey.
Newcastle has yet to announce an official club captain, but stated it will do so during the season launch in early March.
Meanwhile, the Knights also confirmed young Kiwi forward Jirah Momoisea suffered a ruptured achilles at training prior to the Christmas break.
The 22-year-old underwent surgery to repair the injury in December and is already progressing well in his rehabilitation.