Panthers utility Issah Yeo has been named on the wing for Country.

Injured Yeo looks forward to country break

Panthers back-rower Isaah Yeo should know the full extent of the knee injury he suffered during Saturday night's season-ending defeat against the Raiders in Canberra in the coming days. 

Yeo was forced from the field in the final few minutes and had to watch on as Penrith conceded two late penalties to fall 22-12 in the nation's capital.

The St Johns Dubbo junior left Canberra in a knee brace, and would have been in extreme doubt to play had Penrith progressed through to the preliminary finals. 

"The medial is a bit sore at the moment so we'll go for scans on Monday and go from there," he told NRL.com following his side's 10-point loss.

"It's a bit sore at the moment and I've never done a medial before so I don't know how it's supposed to feel. 

"It happened late in the game and I thought I could run it off but the physio came out, checked it out and made the call to take me off."

It wasn't the only injury concern on the night for Yeo after the 21-year-old was forced from the field late in the first half having been hit high by Elliott Whitehead. 

Yeo was taken into the sheds for a mandatory head injury assessment but was allowed to return for the second half after being cleared of concussion. 

"I copped a bump in the first half but that's the way it goes sometimes. It's semi-final football and you have to expect plenty of physicality," he said. 

 

The Panthers weren't at their best on Saturday night, and while he paid credit to the Raiders for getting the job done, Yeo said his side let themselves down through poor handling. 

"It was a grinding game but we just didn't hold the ball well enough. We put ourselves under pressure and all credit to them for taking their chances. They're a class side and they deserve to be where they are," he lamented. 

"We've always tried to finish our games strongly and that's something we've credited ourselves on being able to do this year. We were down 18-0 but managed to come back and make a game of it until they kicked those couple of goals right at the end."

With the season done and dusted, Yeo said he was looking forward to some downtime with his family in New Souths Wales' central west.  

It was a breakout year for a man who was predominately a jack of all trades during his first two years in the NRL. 

While he spent three games in the centres earlier in the year, Yeo played 22 matches in the back row to finish 2016 as Penrith's sixth-leading metre-eater (2,599m) and fourth-most prolific tackler (655). 

In a season that saw him play all 26 matches for the Panthers and make his representative debut on the wing for Country Origin, Yeo has thoroughly deserved a lengthy break away from footy.

"Depending on the extent of the injury, I'll head home to Dubbo or Mudgee and kick the feet up there. I might go up to the farm for a week or so and not do an awful lot when I'm there," he said. 

"I only get home a couple of times a season so I'll try to make the most of the six week break. 

"I'm really looking forward to being able to spend some time with my brothers and sisters and all that sort of stuff."

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