Kimmorley suffered a fractured cheekbone in the 40-20 win over the Warriors at ANZ Stadium on Sunday after a collision with Kiwi centre Jerome Ropati, souring the farewell to retiring winger Hazem El Masri before a monster regular season crowd of more than 40,000.
The veteran No.7 is not expected back for at least five weeks, with a possibility he could return for the grand final if the Dogs qualify.
“We’ve faced adversity on a number of occasions this season and we’ve always responded really well,” Moore said. “We can handle that type of adversity and we’ll still go into every game with or without him very confident.”
Probed for an update on Kimmorley’s injury, Moore told ABC Radio: “It’s not great — he’s got a fractured cheekbone — (but) as to the time out we’re not sure, it just depends on the severity of it.”
“He’s gone straight to hospital, he’ll have scans and probably have it surgically repaired tonight or tomorrow morning and we’ll know further then.”
While the Bulldogs were ruing the late-season injury to Kimmorley, there was still room to celebrate El Masri’s stellar career. The biggest regular season crowd in Sydney for 35 years turned out for the goal-kicking winger’s final home game appearance.
“It speaks wonders for him — there’s never been a player in the history of the game aside from a grand final where 40,000 plus people have come to say thanks,” Moore said.