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Ashley HArrison, Gold Coast National Rugby League, West Tigers Vs Gold Coast Titans, Leichhardt Oval 27 April 2014. PIc Dave Tease

iSelect Titans lock Ashley Harrison will miss a further six weeks with a neck injury after scans today revealed a small crack at the base of his neck.

Harrison injured his neck, and was also concussed, in a heavy tackle late in the round nine clash with South Sydney and missed last Friday’s game against the Broncos.

When the soreness did not settle, he was sent for scans today and it has shown up the crack on the ‘spinous process’. He is unlikely to return before round 17, however the timing of the Titans’ two byes in that period has reduced the games he will miss.

Harrison’s place in the Titans team will again be taken by Paul Carter, the 21-year-old utility player who joined the club this season from the Bulldogs as a lock but played most of the first two rounds at hooker.

“It’s obviously disappointing, especially when we are missing a few of the other boys but I have been in the game long enough to roll with these disappointments and I have faith in the team to be in finals contention when I get back,” Harrison said.

“The positive thing is the timing of our byes is handy and it could have been much worst.”