Rugby league fans were left disappointed after news broke that Latrell Mitchell would not be taking the field for the State of Origin series opener due to a calf injury. Mitchell, who was set to play in the centres, broke the news to his Blues teammates on Monday morning after failing to complete a training session the night before. Despite the setback, Mitchell remains optimistic he will be fit for the second match in Brisbane.
Blues officials took swift action by sending Mitchell for a scan, which confirmed he wouldn’t be able to play in the opening match on Wednesday night. The injury is believed to be minor, so fans can expect to see the talented centre back in action soon enough.
It’s uncertain how much of an impact Mitchell’s absence will have on the Blues’ performance, but many are hopeful his replacement will be able to step up and fill his shoes. With Crichton’s outstanding performance in the Panthers‘ Grand Final victory last year, he certainly has the potential to do so.
Fans will be eagerly waiting for his return to the field, and they will no doubt be hoping his injury won’t keep him out of the game for too long. With two more matches to come in the series, the Blues will be looking to build momentum and secure their third consecutive State of Origin victory.