13 Mar 2012

Hayne's knee injury not as bad as first feared

6:47 am on 13 March 2012

Jarryd Hayne says the knee injury he sustained in Parramatta's 36-20 defeat to the Warriors is not as serious as first feared, but admits he's unsure when he'll be fit to return to National Rugby League action.

The NSW star was a late inclusion in the Eels' side after missing round one because he injured the same knee in a trial match against Penrith last month.

Hayne's return lasted just 16 minutes after he slumped to the turf unchallenged after making a break deep in his own half.

The crowd of just over 12,000 were stunned into silence as he was stretchered off the ground, but the early diagnosis is that the 2009 Dally M Medal winner has only damaged some scar tissue around the joint.