Sharks coach Josh Hannay says the club is still searching for answers in the wake of Andrew Fifita’s freak injury.
After his side’s loss to Newcastle on Sunday, Fifita was rushed to hospital with a “significant” laryngeal injury. The 32-year-old was subsequently placed in an induced coma in the intensive care unit of a Brisbane hospital.
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While Fifita is expected to make a full recovery, Hannay said the club was unsure how the 2016 premiership winner’s immediate future would play out.
“There still is a lot of concern for Andrew and for his partner Nikki and the family,” Hannay told reporters on Friday.
“Certainly those first couple of days were really stressful on everyone because we just weren’t sure at that point what the prognosis looked like.
“We still don’t have a lot of answers, to be really honest.
“The good thing is that he’s in a stable condition and hopefully we can have some good news soon on Andrew.”
Hannay recounted the “stressful” scenes that unfolded inside the sheds and on the field at Redcliffe’s Moreton Daily Stadium on Sunday evening.
“(Fifita) never made a real fuss, to be honest, in the sheds. He quietly walked over to the doctor and he could obviously start to sense or feel that he was starting to struggle to breathe,” Hannay recalled.
“There was no panic within the dressing sheds; it wasn’t until he went outside and there was some medical staff outside with him that there was a realisation and understanding of the severity of the situation.
“All of a sudden it went from seemingly nothing being wrong with Andrew to seemingly he was in a really stressful situation.
“You could see the stress on other peoples’ faces.
“Things became fairly concerning fairly quickly.”
Hannay said the club had had no direct contact with Fifita but that they have been communicating “regularly” with his partner, who Hannay said had been by Fifita’s side every day.