Manly Sea Eagles have been hit by the news star fullback Tom Trbojevic is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder in the 22-20 loss to Parramatta on Friday night.
The Sea Eagles are priced at 8/11 to finish in the top eight of the NRL but the loss of Trbojevic will come as a big blow.
Trbojevic has had a horrid run on the injury front recently and that looks set to continue after he damaged his shoulder when falling awkwardly at CommBank Stadium.
The fullback left the field in obvious pain and Manly will need scans to discover the full extent of the damage. However the early signs are not good.
"He takes it very hard," Manly coach Des Haslet said. "He blames himself a lot. But he is just having one of those runs at the moment. He'll bounce back."
Meanwhile it is also bad news for New South Wales ahead of the State of Origin series against Queensland. Trbojevic will miss all three games and it is another blow for coach Brad Fittler.
The Blues will already be missing some big names for part of, if not all of the series, and Trbojevic can now be added to that list of walking wounded.
"Hopefully Latrell (Mitchell) will be fit and play a part in the Origin series somewhere, but as it seems at the moment, Tom won't be," Fittler said. "They're big personalities, and that's what State of Origin is all about. (Trbojevic's injury) is awful (news).”