21 Sep 2011

Lockyer risks blindness by playing

8:41 am on 21 September 2011

The National Rugby League will not intervene in the decision over whether Darren Lockyer plays in Friday night's preliminary final despite another warning that the Brisbane skipper risked serious injury.

A colleague of the surgeon who operated on Lockyer - who had three titanium plates inserted in his left cheekbone on Sunday - said the retiring playmaker risked blindness playing so soon after surgery.

Dr Caroline Acton says if the star five eight gets hit in the face again he faces the risk of a broken Zygoma and the risk of operating on a broken Zygoma is blindness.

She says any no surgeon would recommend Lockyer play again for at least a month.

However the NRL said they would not stop Lockyer from playing, with their only involvement to come in the form of approving any type of special facial protection the champion pivot may use.

Lockyer trained with his Broncos team-mates on Tuesday.

With the club and Lockyer having been told of the risks associated with playing by Dr John Arvier, who performed the 90 minute operation on Lockyer's cheek at Brisbane's Wesley Private hospital, the Broncos maintain they would leave the final decision with the player.