Bombshell injury rocks reigning premiers

The Sydney Roosters will be without marquee mid-season signing Sonny Bill Williams when they lock horns with the Penrith Panthers on Friday night.

Williams returned to the NRL late in the season but will be forced to watch on from the sidelines when the two sides meet at Panthers Stadium.

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The star was ruled out of the contest following a flare up of a neck complaint with Nat Butcher being elevated into the squad in his place.

“Sonny Bill Williams has been ruled out for the Roosters this weekend due to the flare up of a neck complaint. There was some increased injury concern considering SBW’s lack of game play in recent months. Neck not the most common location for acclimation injury though,” NRL physio tweeted.

The Roosters, along with the loss of Williams, will be without Jake Friend following a concussion.

BREAKING: SBW out – neck injury.

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