Titans hit by injury curse again
THE Gold Coast Titans have suffered a setback to their pre-season training, with speedster Chris Walker suffering a serious injury on day one of the club's training camp at Casuarina on the Tweed Coast. Walker was taking part in a routine "beep" test when he suffered a suspected ruptured Achilles tendon. The former State of Origin representative was taken to a specialist yesterday morning and was to undergo surgery last night.The length of time Walker will be on the sidelines is yet to be determined. It's a bitter disappointment for Walker, who had performed strongly during the day's activities and looked set to press for a starting position after coming back into the side at the end of this season. "I can't believe my luck, I have been doing everything right and was really looking forward to the year ahead, this is just a crushing blow," Walker said. "I'm confident in the medical team and if everything goes well, I will be back running during the early rounds of the NRL season. "I am determined to make a positive impact at the club this year and I will do everything required to ensure I am back and pushing for a first grade starting team." Titans coach John Cartwright said the injury was a big blow for both Walker and the squad, but it would create even more competition for starting positions among the club's outside backs. "I was really excited by the way Chris was approaching the season and by what he could have done for us this year," Cartwright said. "To have him suffer such a serious injury on day one of the pre-season training is obviously disappointing. "I am hopeful he will make a speedy recovery from this injury and will be back training with us in the not too distant future. "It's always tough when you lose a dangerous and experienced player of his ability, however we have some exciting young players and some extremely talented new recruits in the full-time squad this season. "It's now time for one of them to put their hand up and stake a claim for first team selection."