25 Aug 2009

Warriors struck by injuries to key players

6:50 pm on 25 August 2009

The New Zealand Warriors captain Steve Price will miss the club's last two games of the season while second rower Simon Mannering has been ruled out of Sunday's National Rugby League encounter with the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.

Price had just returned to the side from a three-match injury lay-off for last week's 34-20 win over Canberra.

But the 35-year-old veteran will have eye surgery on Friday after a specialist discovered he had a detached retina, putting him out of the clash against his former club as well as the season finale at home against Melbourne.

Mannering, who turns 23 on Friday, was forced off the field with a knee injury during last Sunday's game in his 99th NRL career appearance, denying him the chance this to become the 16th player to appear in 100 NRL matches for the Warriors this weekend.

With Price out, Evarn Tuimavave returns to the starting line-up at prop, Micheal Luck takes over the captaincy and Russell Packer rejoins the bench after turning out for Junior Warriors last Sunday.

Lewis Brown moves into the starting second row as Mannering's replacement with Ben Matulino added to the bench after playing NYC football the last two weeks.