Canterbury Bulldogs star Brett Morris has been ruled out for four months after complications from his knee surgery.
Morris was initially expected to miss just a few games, but surgery on Monday will see him sidelined until at least July.
The news is a huge blow for the Bulldogs and the 29-year-old full-back, a New South Wales State of Origin representative.
"Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs full-back Brett Morris yesterday underwent an arthroscope but complications required that surgery be performed," a statement from the Bulldogs read.
"The rehab process will take four months and he is expected to return later in 2016."
The Bulldogs start their NRL campaign with a clash against the Manly Sea Eagles on Friday.