Manly Sea Eagles superstar fullback Tom Trbojevic has shut down speculation about his injury concerns after he endured a difficult night against the Brisbane Broncos during Magic Round.
The Sea Eagles were thumped 32-6 by the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium as Trbojevic made an underwhelming return from a week off with an adductor injury.
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The star fullback finished with a try assist and 146 running metres as he battles to regain form and fitness following an interrupted start to the NRL season.
Following the heavy loss, the 26-year-old admitted he did not have his best game but insisted he was not carrying an injury.
“I felt really good out there,” Trbojevic told Channel Nine post-game.
“(I’m) obviously not playing the footy I want to play at the moment which is disappointing, but no injury is holding me back.
“I know there is a lot of speculation in the media about it, but I know I feel really good in my body, I just have to find some form on the field.”
Trbojevic’s spot in the NSW Blues team for the upcoming State of Origin series has recently been questioned due to his injury concerns, however Sea Eagles teammate Aaron Woods said there were no concerns over his fitness.
“I had a good chat with him,” Woods said on Triple M radio.
“He (Trbojevic) said, I’m fully fit, it’s just more the headspace.”
Woods explained that when Trbojevic “tries to get to that full stride, it’s (the injury) playing on his head a little bit”.
Trbojevic has been hampered by hamstring issues throughout his career and suffered a recurrence of the problem during pre-season, resulting in him being sent to the US for specialised treatment with reconditioning specialist Bill Knowles.
The fullback said the work with Knowles often went “above my head” but he claimed he felt more comfortable that his body wouldn’t break down.
“I think it gives me a lot of confidence and it definitely helps you mentally as well,” Trbojevic said of his time with Knowles.
“He’s not necessarily worried about the hamstring, he’s worried about making you a better athlete.
“Injuries come because there’s a chink in the armour, (it’s a focus) on athletic performance and getting everything working as a symphony.”
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