Concern for Dragons winger Pereira after suffering neck injury

Hurt: Jordan Pereira. Picture: AAP Image/Dave Hunt
Hurt: Jordan Pereira. Picture: AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Dragons winger Jordan Pereira remains in hospital in a "serious" condition after a horror accident while scoring a try in Saturday's reserve grade game in Sydney.

Pereira landed awkwardly on his head and neck as he flipped over after scoring a try in the 13th minute in St George Illawarra's NSW Premiership Canterbury Cup loss to Newtown at Henson Park.

He was stretchered off and taken to hospital, but as of Sunday night, the full extent of any possible injury is yet to be determined.

A New Zealander who had played in Samoa, Perth and Mackay, Pereira came to St George Illawarra in 2017 after missing out on a contract with North Queensland.

Making his debut last season, Pereira scored three tries in nine games and was part of the Dragons' finals campaign, including the shock 48-18 elimination final win over Brisbane and the thrilling semi-final loss to South Sydney.

The 26-year-old had lived up to his potential with five tries in as many games to kick off this year's campaign, but fell out of favour during the Dragons' five-game losing streak which has seen them plummet out of the top eight.

The Dragons released a statement on Saturday night, but concerns remained about Pereira's welfare late on Sunday.

"Jordan Pereira remains in hospital and is awaiting follow up scans. We'll update #redv members and fans when all relevant information is available," the club posted on Twitter. A video uploaded to social media by former Broncos, Dragons, Queensland and Australia player Wendell Sailor - who was watching son Tristan play against Newtown - showed Pereira being bumped in the act of scoring the try in the corner.

Pereira landed on his head and neck and remained concussed on the ground.

The Dragons take on fourth-placed Canberra at WIN Stadium on Sunday night, likely needing to win seven of their remaining nine games this season to secure a spot in the top eight.

With Tariq Sims suspended, Tyson Frizell and Paul Vaughan are in the NSW team for Wednesday's State of Origin decider, with Ben Hunt and Corey Norman in the Queensland line-up.