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Tedesco facing nine weeks out

Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco is facing a stint on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury against Manly on Sunday. Copyright: Robb Cox/NRL Photos Credit: Robb Cox/NRL Photos Copyright: Robb Cox/NRL Photos

Wests Tigers young gun James Tedesco is facing up to nine weeks on the sidelines following surgery to repair ankle syndesmosis.

Tedesco has been one of the in-form players in the NRL this season but limped off in Sunday's win against Manly at Leichhardt and went under the knife on Tuesday.

The club said a worst case scenario would see the Italy international miss up to nine weeks of football but with extensive rehabilitation the time period will be reduced to six weeks.

The findings of the surgery revealed the syndesmosis to be unstable with the 21-year-old undergoing a procedure to stabilise the ligament.

It is the second serious injury of Tedesco's burgeoning career following a year on the sidelines in 2012 after rupturing cruciate ligaments on his debut against Cronulla.

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