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Warriors hooker to miss NRL season start

04:00 Fri Feb 1 2013
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Nathan Friend in action for the Warriors last season (Getty)
Nathan Friend in action for the Warriors last season (Getty)

More shoulder surgery to repair nerve damage means Warriors hooker Nathan Friend will miss the start of the 2013 NRL season.

Club doctor John Mayhew says he's hopeful the 152-game veteran will be ready to play in eight-10 weeks, leaving him in line to make his first appearance of the new campaign in April.

The Warriors begin their campaign against Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium on March 9, with their first home game at Eden Park on March 16 against the Sydney Roosters.

Friend had surgery last August after dislocating his right shoulder in the round-24 match against Penrith.

He visited a specialist on Thursday morning to have the injury assessed.

"He'll have a nerve graft next month as a result of damage sustained when he was injured," Mayhew said.

He added that the rare complication was similar to that suffered by former Warriors back-rower Wairangi Koopu in 2006.

Friend made 17 appearances in his debut season with the Warriors, missing five games after breaking his jaw against Brisbane and then the final two matches of the year following his shoulder injury.

"It's frustrating but all I can do is to have the operation, repair the nerve and do all I can to be ready as soon as possible," he said.

"I've been through disappointments due to injuries before.

"It was tough being out after breaking my jaw last year but you get over it, get on with your recovery and fight your way back."

The Warriors play their first trial against Gold Coast at Pizzey Park in Burleigh Heads on February 9 before meeting Penrith in Hamilton a week later.

They round off their preparations against Brisbane in Dunedin on February 23.