Michael Jennings: Parramatta NRL star stood down hours earlier than semi-final after optimistic drug check | NRL

Parramatta have been rocked forward of their semi-final towards South Sydney with Michael Jennings stood down for testing optimistic to performance-enhancing medicine.

Simply hours out from kickoff, Jennings was on Saturday morning provisionally suspended by the NRL after they have been knowledgeable he returned a optimistic check final month.

The NRL mentioned the 32-year-old had examined optimistic to Ligandrol and Ibutamoren, each of that are banned by the World Anti-Doping Company.

It leaves the veteran Eel and former NSW and Kangaroos centre’s profession in jeopardy as he tries to clear his identify.

“Michael Jennings has been stood down from at present’s recreation and ongoing coaching and taking part in tasks whereas the method runs its course, which below the coverage consists of the chance to have his B-sample analysed,” the Eels mentioned in a press release.

The information comes on the worst doable time for the Eels, who’re already with out wingers Blake Ferguson and Maika Sivo for Saturday night time’s semi-final.