Former Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei suffers suspected Achilles injury during Salford training

The winger suffered the injury at training ahead of the Super League Season.
The winger suffered the injury at training ahead of the Super League Season. Photo credit: Reuters

Salford's international winger Manu Vatuvei, who terrorised the NRL for 14 years with the NZ Warriors, has suffered a major blow just a week before the start of the new Super League season.

Salford released a statement saying Vatuvei had suffered a suspected serious Achilles injury.

The 31-year-old wing is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the severity of the injury, which he suffered in training on Friday (Saturday NZ time).

Vatuvei earned his nickname 'The Beast' through his size and potency on the wing - 152 tries in 226 games for the Auckland-based Warriors.

He also lifted the 2008 World Cup as a member of the Kiwis team and turned out for Tonga in last year's Pacific Test series at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney.

He joined the Salford Red Devils towards the end of the 2017, scoring five tries in eight appearances. He farewelled the Warriors in July.

Salford head coach Ian Watson said on the club's official website: "It's terribly unfortunate that Manu has sustained an injury this close to the start of the season.          

"Manu has been terrific for us since signing midway through last season and he is a massive asset for the club both on and off the field.

"I really feel for Manu because I know how much he was looking forward to getting back out playing."  

Salford open their Super League campaign next Friday (Saturday NZ time) against Wigan.   

PA