Cameron King is treated by Eels medical staff.
Cameron King is treated by Eels medical staff.

Hooker lost feeling in arm during Eels loss to Storm

PARRAMATTA hooker Cameron King revealed he lost all feeling in his arm after a tackle went wrong on Saturday night.

Fearing the worst in a career marred by injury, King was left reeling after taking a whack to the arm in Saturday's finals loss to Melbourne.

"I hit a nerve,” King said. "My whole arm went dead. I wasn't sure. I was trying to get some feeling back into it

"It's one of those things. You probably think the worst but I got through the game so it's all right.

"I think it was an impact thing. It hit right on that nerve in the forearm and went all pins and needles.”

In a worst-case scenario, fortunately the Eels have a fully fit Kaysa Pritchard eager to make his return from a knee injury.

But King, 25, managed to finish the game.

While it took a few minutes for the feeling to return, King is hopeful the nerve damage suffered won't keep him from taking the field in next week's must win finals match.

"It was pretty painful straight away so you think the worst,” he said.

"I just had to take a couple of deep breaths and try and get a bit of feeling back and finish the game which is a positive sign.”

With an ice pack covering the entire left forearm, the wound has swelled post-match and King went for scans in Sydney on Sunday morning.

But even after the scare, the rake was in good spirits.

Asked if he was confident of kitting up for their do or die clash next week he said; "I think so.

"As long as it's just the nerve, hopefully the swelling settles down in a couple of days and I'll be all right.

"We might get some precautionary scans but hopefully it's just a nerve thing that will settle down by itself.”

One concern for the Eels is backrower Tepai Moeroa.

He failed to return to the field after suffering a head knock in the opening half.

It's Moeroa's second failed HIA in a number of weeks and will need to complete several tests in order to take the field next week.

The Storm have no serious concerns with only bumps and bruises for the team who has next weekend off.

Meanwhile, the Roosters also get a break next week after beating Brisbane on Friday.

With their troops returning at the right time, the club has also been boosted by news Daniel Tupou has been cleared of a serious groin injury.

The winger only returned from injury this week and while he tweaked the groin, the club is confident he'll be fit to play in their next game.



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