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Benson’s bad break

Harry Benson in action against St Joseph’s earlier in the 2022 season. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

REIGNING Mathieson medalist Harry Benson is set to undergo surgery today (Sunday) after suffering a broken jaw in the opening stages of St Mary’s six-point win over Newtown & Chilwell on Saturday.

Benson’s day was over less than a minute into the clash at Elderslie Reserve following a head clash in the middle of the ground following a centre bounce with Eagles skipper Matt McMahon.

He came straight from the ground and was taken to hospital, with x-rays confirming breaks in three places.

“He’ll have to have plates put in to repair that,” co-coach Glenn Keast said.

“That’ll happen today, we hope, and hopefully, he’s on the road to recovery post-that.”

Early indications are Benson will be sidelined for six weeks, which would make a return likely in the closing fortnight of the home-and-away season.

“That’s the feedback we’ve been given, but that hasn’t been backed up from the surgeon’s point-of-view,” Keast said.

“That’s people in the medical industry but not surgeons, so we’ll wait and see what the surgeon says once the operation’s been done.”

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Keast knew Benson was in trouble when he came to the bench with the help of the Saints’ medical staff.

“I could see from his mouth posture … when he came off, he had his mouth open a bit,” he said.

“Having seen a couple before, it’s a telltale sign that he didn’t have full control of his jaw.

“We were pretty worried and concerned that there was something a bit more to it from the get-go.

“He’s a bit of a hard head, so to hurt him, it must have taken a bit.

The loss of Benson has been softened somewhat by veteran midfielder Ben Moloney getting through a second reserves match on his return from a calf issue.

Keast has indicated the former VFL star will return for this week’s clash with St Albans.

“He’ll be a fairly handy replacement to come in,” Keast said.

“Whilst we thought we were going to get them both in the same side, we’ll get Ben back, and hopefully, we get Harry back towards the back part of the year.”

Key defender Ryley Hall is expected to be right to take on the Supersaints.

He came from the field early in the last quarter with a hamstring issue, which the club believes was only a cramp.

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