Melbourne Storm have been dealt a huge blow as centre Will Chambers was ruled out for at least three months with a fractured foot.
Chambers, an Australia and Queensland representative, suffered the injury during Storm's 18-12 loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs on Monday.
The 27-year-old will require surgery and will miss between 12 and 14 weeks, the club said.
"Will is a tough character and was able to play out the match thinking he had just rolled his ankle, it wasn't until his foot swelled overnight after the game that we thought something more serious had happened," Storm football director Frank Ponissi said.
"Will has been an extremely resilient player since returning to the club, having only missed two games through injury since the 2012 qualifying final.
"We are extremely disappointed to lose Will, he's an important part of our team and has been a consistent part of our line-up for the last three seasons resulting in well-deserved selection in the Queensland State of Origin and Australian Kangaroos sides.
"While we've suffered some injuries to our outside back stocks in the early part of the season, it provides us another chance to give an opportunity to some of our younger players who have shown consistent form with our feeder teams."
Storm have won four of their opening six games to sit sixth on the ladder, but Chambers will take some replacing.
He scored 10 tries in 25 matches last season, while he had two so far this campaign.