Eels confirm Matt Keating injury

Pirtek Parramatta Eels hooker Matt Keating will be sidelined for the rest of the 2012 season after Club medical staff today determined he requires back surgery.

The 25-year-old has a bulging disc in his lower back which will be operated on this Tuesday, resulting in an approximate recovery time of 12 weeks.

Pirtek Eels coach Steve Kearney said it was a disappointing blow for a player who has been one of the Club