South Sydney Rabbitohs centre Hymel Hunt could miss the rest of the season after rupturing a pectoral muscle in Friday's 30-8 NRL loss to Brisbane Broncos.
Hunt was injured in the sixth minute of that contest after attempting to make a try-saving tackle and medical staff quickly rushed him up the tunnel.
Rabbitohs physiotherapist Eddie Farah has now confirmed the 22-year-old will miss between four and five months of action as he needs surgery on the issue, and it remains to be seen if he will play again this season.
"He's ruptured his pec in his right shoulder. The muscle has come off the bone," Farah told the Rabbitohs' official website.
"He has to have that surgically reattached. He's booked in for that tomorrow [Tuesday]. Unfortunately that's about a four to five month recovery period. He may be back for the Finals."
Rabbitohs were handed better news on Adam Reynolds earlier on Monday. The half-back is set to see a specialist following fears he broke his jaw for the second time this season, but Farah is hopeful he can play on Thursday against Wests Tigers.
George Burgess missed out against the Broncos, but could play against the Tigers to further alleviate the Rabbitohs' injury problems.
Alex Johnstone is also making progress on a hamstring injury and is expected to return against Parramatta Eels on May 13, but Farah confirmed Zane Musgrove is out for a "lengthy period" having undergone surgery on a dislocated joint in his wrist sustained last month.
Meanwhile, Paul Carter will be suspended for one match if does not fight an NRL charge of tripping due to an accumulation of disciplinary points.