Queensland’s State of Origin high has been shattered by a serious foot injury to emerging fullback AJ Brimson after his debut in Wednesday’s victory.
The Gold Coast 22-year-old appeared to come out unscathed from the Maroons’ upset 18-14 victory in Adelaide, Brimson scoring a try and playing well in his first outing as the Maroons’ No.1.
But he will play no further part in the series and likely miss at least three months, spoiling his NRL pre-season, if surgery is required after scans on Thursday revealed a lisfranc ligament injury.
After consulting a specialist he will remain in camp along with Kurt Capewell, who is likely to recover from his groin tightness and be available to play in Sydney next Wednesday.
Brimson had surged into Origin contention after overcoming a serious neck injury to star in the final two months of the NRL season for the Titans.
Injuries have tormented Queensland’s campaign but they do have the luxury of calling on Valentine Holmes to replace Brimson next week, the North Queensland talent unavailable for Game I because of suspension.
“I was stoked to make my Origin debut and to get the win was an incredible feeling,” Brimson said.
“I’ve got great belief in the squad and we’re really well placed to go on and win the series.”