McLean, who has actually simply begun his very first season with the Cowboys after an 86-game spell with the Melbourne Storm, will need surgical treatment on Monday and runs out contention to make a State of Origin launching for NSW this year.
North Queensland basic supervisor of football Peter Parr stated it was a frustration for the club and for McLean, who starred for the Kangaroos in 2015’s World Cup win.
” We were so fired up for him to play and come football for the club so to lose him for a prolonged amount of time is frustrating for everybody,” included Parr.
” Our very first concern is to take care of him, and the 2nd top priority is to guarantee that the group gets on and plays as excellent as we can without him.”
The Cowboys were tough struck by injuries last season, with co-captains Matt Scott and Johnathan Thurston missing out on most of the year.
Losing McLean is a blow, however coach Paul Green does have increasing star Corey Jensen waiting in the wings for a recall.
Jensen, who played 17 NRL video games in 2015 and who remained in the senior team for the opening 2 rounds this time, dipped into prop for Townsville in the Intrust Super Cup at the weekend.
He’s anticipated to come on to the bench for the away clash versus the second-placed Warriors in round 5.
Scott Bolton is most likely to be remembered to the beginning line-up at Mt Smart Stadium.
The Cowboys are likewise waiting on scans from hooker Josh Chudleigh’s knee after he was hurt playing for Mackay Cutters in the Intrust Super Cup.