A serious hamstring injury to co-captain Jamie Lyon has poured further salt into the wound for Manly following their NRL season-opening loss to Melbourne Storm. Lyon came off just before halftime in the Sea Eagles’ 18-6 defeat in the Victorian capital and the early diagnosis is that he will spend at least a month on the sidelines after a suspected tear to his hamstring. Manly coach Des Hasler was downbeat when quizzed on Lyon’s progress following the loss. “He’s the biggest concern with a hamstring, he’ll need scans to know to what extent that’s torn,” Hasler said. “It’s a significant blow, particularly with the points Jamie can score. He’s a potential match-winner every time he touches the ball and it appears he’ll be laid up for sometime.” Lyon wasn’t the only injury concern for the Sea Eagles with rookie winger William Hopoate (shoulder) and Matt Ballin (concussion) also nursing injuries out of what was a physical first round match-up. Having gone to the main break level at 6-6, Manly played themselves out of the contest during an error-prone second stanza where they completed little more than 50 percent of their sets. Continue reading