Injured Covell suspects season is over

VETERAN Cronulla winger Luke Covell suspects an ACL injury has ended his season after he was carried from the field in his side's win over Parramatta on Saturday night.<br /><br />The victorious Sharks avoided equalling the League-record 14 straight losses, set by the Western Suburbs sides of 1998-99, with an upset 11-0 win over the Eels at Toyota Stadium.<br /><br />Covell said he was glad the monkey was off the side’s back, but he was unlikely to play again this season.<br /><br />“Looks like it’s the ACL, so I’ll get scans on Tuesday to tell me the obvious, but it looks like it’ll be the season,” Covell told Bigpond Sports Weekend on Sunday.<br /><br />“I’ve never done it before. I did it about six minutes into the game when I chased a kick down field.<br /><br />“I knew there was something wrong with it then and about 20 minutes later I went to tackle Jarryd Hayne and it just collapsed.<br /><br />“I knew she was gone then for sure.”<br /><br />After 13 straight losses, Covell put his own disappointment aside and praised his teammates for sticking to the side’s game plan.<br /><br />“We played very well, it was great to finally get the monkey off the back,” he said.<br /><br />“There’s been a lot of pressure put on us. Finally we stuck to our game plan, which we’ve been working on and we came up with the points.<br /><br />“I’m just glad to see something good came out of it and the boys came away with a win.”<br /><br />Parramatta’s Nathan Hindmarsh said his side needed to find some confidence after a 1-3 start to the season.<br /><br />“We were really conscious of making a better start this year than we have in the past, but players aren’t playing as well as they can be,” Hindmarsh said.<br /><br />“I think it’s just a lot of players playing without confidence at the moment and it’s stating to show.<br /><br />“We had plenty of opportunities, but at the moment we’re not thinking. I don’t know what’s going on.” <br />