Dean Pay's halves selection headache has quickly turned into a migraine after Jack Cogger and Lachlan Lewis were both injured in the space of one weekend.
Pay has opted to play Cogger instead of Lewis since Kieran Foran returned from an ankle injury last month but he may now be forced to pick a side without either of his young halves for the team's match against the Roosters next Sunday after Cogger suffered what appeared to be a nasty concussion just one day after Lewis injured his ankle.
Cogger was hit hard by Tariq Sims midway through the first half and struggled to find his feet in the moments which followed.
He stumbled back into the defensive line but was immediately dragged from the field to undergo a head injury assessment.
News soon filtered through that Cogger would not return to the field despite passing his HIA, leaving Kieran Foran to run an attack which continues to splutter.
"It didn't help (losing Cogger). Jack has obviously done a lot of our kicking and a lot of our organising," Pay said. "But we have to be better than that."
Lewis would have been the obvious choice to return to the team should Cogger not pass the necessary tests in the next six days but he was injured during the Bulldogs' Canterbury Cup game on Sunday.
"I think it's only a couple of weeks (that Lewis will miss)," Pay said. "It's not as bad as what we first thought. He will get scans but that's what we think."
Their playmaker shortage aside, Canterbury continue to disappoint their loyal fans.
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