It is understood scans have revealed Farah has suffered a broken tibia. He will visit a specialist on Monday to further assess the damage but is understood to be eager to return before season’s end.
The star hooker required immediate attention from Tigers medical staff but played on for another 10 minutes before being replaced.
There is better news regarding the severity of Moses Mbye’s injury. The Tigers captain injured his hip flexor in the warm-up but decided to play anyway.
He only lasted seven minutes, however, and was in obvious pain as he left the field after setting up Paul Momirovski for the first try of the match.
While he will not play against the Sea Eagles either, scans on Sunday revealed an injury which will only keep him sidelined for a fortnight.
The return of Mbye will be critical to the Tigers’ hopes of sneaking back into the top eight.
They foundered without the star pair in falling to the Bulldogs and now have no losses up their sleeve if they are to reclaim their place in the top half of the competition in the run home against Manly (A), Newcastle (H), St George Illawarra (A) and Cronulla (H).
“We need to get ready for Thursday night,” Tigers coach Michael Maguire said. “We know the position that we’re in and we need to perform to get the win on Thursday night. We need to move forward.”
Manly have their own share of injury concerns. Daly Cherry-Evans, Curtis Sironen and Brad Parker all received medical attention during the loss to the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Friday and there is mixed news on all three fronts.
The club’s premiership hopes appeared to be in tatters when Cherry-Evans struggled to put weight on the ankle he was forced to work on around the clock prior to Queensland’s win in the Origin opener. He did not leave the field, however, and it is understood he has been cleared of any injury since returning to Sydney.
While Cherry-Evans has been cleared to play, Sironen and Parker will not line up against the Tigers.
It is understood scans have revealed a hamstring strain for Sironen which will sideline him for one to two weeks.
Parker’s bizarre knee injury, which was suffered while trying to take a tap, is understood to be cartilage damage.
He will also miss one to two weeks.
Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.