Matt Lodge could miss the entire NRL season with a knee injury, with scan results on Wednesday likely to reveal a partial ACL tear.
Lodge suffered the injury at training on Tuesday and is facing an eight-to-nine month lay-off if the worst case scenario is confirmed, according to reports.
While the club is confident it is not a complete tear, Lodge’s absence would be a big blow after the forward emerged as one of the NRL club’s most important players last season.
The 24-year-old was set to start alongside Payne Haas in the front row, having worked his way into NSW Origin discussions last year while also earning a promotion to the club’s leadership group this season.
It would be the fourth ACL injury before an official trial game has been played in the NRL off-season after similar setbacks for the Roosters’ Billy Smith, Gold Coast captain Ryan James and Warriors prop Bunty Afoa.