Kaysa Pritchard will miss the Eels’ NRL match against Canterbury due to a groin injury.Embattled Parramatta have been dealt a blow ahead of their bottom-of-the-table clash against Canterbury after losing hooker Kaysa Pritchard for at least one week with a groin injury.
Co-captain Tim Mannah could also be out for up to a month after suffering a suspected fractured eye socket from their two-point loss to Cronulla last week.
Pritchard’s injury is likely to result in an NRL recall for Cameron King, while utility Will Smith could also spend more minutes at dummy-half against the Bulldogs.
“He’s just found some form, too. He’s just been that bit of energy for us as well. He’s been going good for us,” Smith said of Pritchard on Tuesday.
Second-rower Kenny Edwards backed King and Smith to step up in Pritchard’s absence.
“He’s had a couple of good games in a row, Kaysa. It’s tough to lose my little mate, but Kingy’s been playing well. He’s man of the match the last two weeks in reserve grade.
“If he comes in, we know he can do the job.”
The Eels have also spent the early part of the week rallying around star halfback Mitchell Moses, who cut a dejected figure after missing a conversion that would’ve sent Saturday’s game into golden point.
“We were quick to let him know that it wasn’t just him. Obviously he did miss the kick at the end but he shouldn’t have been in that situation from the get-go,” fullback Bevan French said.
“He did put a blame of himself but we were quick to let him know that it just wasn’t him.”
Edwards expected Moses to bounce back from the disappointment against the Bulldogs, who are equal with the Eels on four points but sit one spot above them on the ladder in 15th position.
“He would’ve felt the whole world was on his shoulders through that kick. But like we explained to him, we lost the game a long time before that. I think he’ll be right,” Edwards said of Moses.
“It’s just something that happens and we’ll move on from that.”