Halifax Panthers have been stung by another long-term injury blow after Greg Worthington was ruled out for four months with a serious foot injury.
The centre, a regular starter throughout his time at The Shay, limped off in the pre-season defeat to Salford Red Devils.
Initially, it was thought that the former Toronto Wolfpack man had a swollen toe, but further scans have revealed a serious break that will keep him off the field for a large chunk of the season.
Head coach Simon Grix said: “His toe was swollen at the time but it’s turned out that he’s broken his sesamoid, a tiny little bone but the complications that come off that are high because they’re around the tendons.
“It’s a tricky one, conservatively we could manage it but it could bring further complications or it needed surgery which is the route we will go down.”
It’s the second long-term injury Fax have suffered recently after Brad Knowles was ruled out of an unspecified amount of time after a horror injury that saw him rupture his hamstring, suffer a subluxation of his hip and a subsequent hematoma.
They are already without Matty Gee as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery while fullback James Woodburn-Hall is set to miss at least another month with a broken thumb.
“It’s not ideal at all. Kyle Wood has a knock too that we’re looking at, so it’s a stuttering start, but everyone will go through it at some point.
“But Greg is a loss, he has 200 plus games at Championship level and is very good at what he does. We’ll definitely miss him.”
Halifax, who got their opening win of the season against London Broncos last week, host the unbeaten Widnes Vikings on Sunday.