Spare a thought for Greater Western Sydney Giants forward Steve Johnson, who’s surely going to cop it from his teammates after a freakin’ weird injury has delayed his start to pre-season training.
The AFL veteran will be sidelined for at least the next two months after rupturing a tendon in his thumb while – wait for it – reaching for his phone in a bag.
Stevie J – who got married in Sydney on Friday – will be in a hand cast for at least the next six weeks after he undergoes surgery on his left-hand early next weekend.
GWS general manager, Wayne Campbell, agreed it’s one of the stranger player injuries he’s heard of but doesn’t doubt Stevie will be up and thumbing again in no time.
“This is certainly one of the more unusual injuries but Steve is a professional and coming into his 16th pre-season, we have no doubt he knows how to get himself ready for the season proper.“While he won’t be able to participate in full training for a few months, he’ll still be able to work hard on building his fitness base throughout the pre-season.”
If you’re stumped as to how, exactly, this happened, here’s a brief explainer of his injury:
— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) November 19, 2016
GWS players with working digits – including the club’s newest draftees, like ex-Richmond star Brett Deledio – kick off pre-season training from November 28.
TBC how badly Stevie will cop it in the locker room.
Photo: Getty / Ryan Pierse.