Tom Starling, Canberra Raiders, damaged jaw in loss to Melbourne Storm, Brandon Smith

That is what occurs in the event you get your head within the flawed place when making an attempt to deal with Brandon Smith in full flight.

Raiders hooker Tom Starling spent the primary a part of this week in hospital having two plates put in his jaw and getting a tooth eliminated following the Inexperienced Machine’s loss to Melbourne.

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Starling copped an unintended knee from Smith in final Thursday’s loss and performed on for the remaining 12 minutes.

After struggling to talk after the sport, Starling went for scans the place it was clear he must endure surgical procedure.

“I went in for a deal with and he will need to have obtained me flush,” mentioned Starling, who was sporting a mouthguard.

“I attempted to go low on him and he’s a reasonably highly effective fella. It was a good whack and I felt it right away and I knew I had obtained hit fairly onerous however needed to maintain enjoying on.

Scans of Tom Starling’s surgical procedure, exhibiting two plates inserted in his jawSupply: Provided

“In direction of the top of the sport they’d a number of penalty targets and in the course of the stoppages it got here on rather a lot worse. After the sport I used to be making an attempt to speak and I couldn’t actually communicate as a result of it was fairly painful.

“The break was all via my knowledge tooth and I had that taken out and two plates put in.

“For now I’m simply on delicate meals. I’m having to have lots of milkshakes – which I don’t thoughts – and different delicate stuff like fish and scrambled eggs.

“However it’s taking me some time to eat. Sia (Soliola who suffered a facial fracture final yr and admitted to mixing KFC) has given me a number of suggestions however I don’t assume I might abdomen that.”

The process meant Starling will now be pressured to observe the remainder of the season on the sidelines.

It’s a blow for the Raiders as a result of at any time when the slight hooker comes on from the bench to work in tandem with Josh Hodgson, they give the impression of being a way more threatening proposition.

Jesse Bromwich takes on Tom StarlingSupply: Getty Photographs

“It sucks as a result of I’ve by no means had an damage that’s made me miss a sport coming proper via from the decrease grades,” the hooker mentioned.

“There’s nothing you are able to do to enhance it like with a muscle damage.

“And it’s not sunk in but that I gained’t be capable to run out with the boys.

“I felt like I used to be constructing properly and discovering my ft within the NRL.

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“It’s a faster sport and the rule adjustments have benefited me rather a lot. It may be tougher as a result of you may get remoted extra usually in defence, so I’ve been engaged on that low deal with.

“However in assault it’s been helpful for the smaller gamers.

“Mick Ennis has been actually useful in clipping up bits of my sport and explaining the place I did effectively and the place I might enhance.

Tom Starlingmakes a breakSupply: Getty Photographs

“Having him and Hodgo, who’s a world-class No. 9, is nice and I’m absorbing every little thing I can.”

Starling is one in all quite a lot of off-contract hookers later this yr and has the choice to renegotiate his present deal or take a look at the open market come November 1.

The hooker has obtained a suggestion from the Raiders however the two events have but to come back to phrases.

“Staying at Canberra is the plan and the Raiders took an opportunity on a child who wasn’t needed at Newcastle,” he added.

“They gave me that second likelihood and developed me into the participant I’m immediately and I need to proceed being at this membership for a very long time.

“My supervisor has been onto that and I’ve been letting him type that stuff out.”

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