NICK Emmett would love to be wearing the famous Red V at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
The former Hervey Bay Seagulls representative would love to play for the St George Illawarra Dragons against former club, the Brisbane Broncos.
Unfortunately, the 29-year-old won't be - he won't even be in the stand cheering on his teammates.
He'll watch the game from home as a back injury continues to plague him and he's battling to overcome it.
Emmett, who has only played 17 times for the Dragons since joining them from the Broncos in 2009, injured his back before the round one clash with Newcastle.
He injured it again trying to prove his fitness for that game.
So bad is his back now, Emmett has no idea when he might play again.
"Mate, it's not at all good," Emmett said despondently.
"I had another epidural this week and I am due to see a specialist sometime soon.
"I really am over it to be honest - I just cannot seem to buy a trick.
"It's so frustrating as I was looking forward to having a big year after signing a new one-year deal last year.
"I simply don't know what the future holds because of this injury."
Injuries haven't been kind to Emmett and last season was a horror one.
After playing in the annual pre-season Charity Shield, Emmett injured his neck and missed the rest of the season.
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