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Lyon NRL injury sign of the times at Manly

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/08/2016 James MacSmith

Jamie Lyon missed his Brookvale Oval farewell and that summed up Manly's NRL season.

The retiring Lyon walked a slow farewell lap on Saturday at the iconic suburban venue.

But the two-time Sea Eagles premiership winner played no part in Manly's 44-30 loss to Canberra due to a hamstring injury.

Injuries to key players including skipper Lyon, Steve Matai, Brett Stewart and Brenton Lawrence have hampered Manly's premiership challenge throughout 2016.

Manly will miss the finals for the second successive year after qualifying for the playoffs 11 successive times before that.

Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett lamented his inability to have key players on the park again for the loss to the Raiders.

None of the quartet above was available.

"It is hard on the players," Barrett said.

"We had two second-rowers in the centre and, week after week, we have to play players out of position.

"We haven't been able to put the same 17 on the field for two weeks in a row once this year.

"It does take a toll."

Barrett said Matai was likely to recover from a neck injury for the final year of his contract in 2017.

Stewart is also contracted for one more season. But his future remains clouded due to a knee injury.

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