The news just keeps getting worse for the New Zealand Warriors, with front-rower Addin Fonua-Blake set to miss at least two months with a knee injury.
The 25-year old was the big off-season signing for new coach Nathan Brown, and had started the season in stellar form for the Warriors.
But during their 32-12 loss to the Sydney Roosters in round 4, Fonua-Blake left the field early in the game after injuring his knee.
The Tongan international was unable to return for the remainder of the game, and Brown has now confirmed he will miss an 'extended period'.
"There's a number of problems there but it is going to be a long-term injury," he told Newstalk ZB.
"So he's not going to be around for an extended period. Now whether that's going to be six or eight weeks or a bit longer we are not sure yet.
"The best case is about six to eight weeks but there's still a number of things and people he has got to see but it could be longer term and certainly not a good one.
"Unfortunately, sometimes in rugby league these collisions happen and sometimes your players are on the wrong end of them."
News broke on Friday morning that the injury to Fonua-Blake was even more serious than originally thought, and he could now miss the remainder of the season.
Fonua-Blake is one of the premier props in the NRL today, and his absence is going to leave a huge hole in the Warriors pack.
Already missing Jamayne Taunoa-Brown and Bunty Afoa this weekend through suspension, Brown has been forced to call on new recruit Kane Evans for the first time in 2021.
"We are quite confident in the blokes coming into the team are going to do a really good job," he said.
"A lot of boys have been training well for a long time and waiting for their opportunity. A couple of them have got their opportunity probably a touch quicker than what they thought.
"They've been training well and when they have been playing, whether it is Queensland Cup or the local Newcastle comp, they have been performing well at that level.
"Now they're just gonna have to come up to the top level and transform it."
The luckless Warriors are also without centres Peta Hiku and Euan Aitken, as well as halfback Chanel Harris-Tavita, who are all sidelined with injuries.