New Zealand Warriors have been dealt a major blow following news that star recruit Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will miss the remainder of the NRL season due to a serious knee injury.
Tuivasa-Sheck underwent scans on Monday which confirmed the worst, a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, with the full-back to sit out more than six months.
The 22-year-old New Zealander - appearing in just his seventh game having arrived on a lucrative deal from Sydney Roosters in the off-season, was forced from the field just 16 minutes into the Warriors' 24-20 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs on Saturday.
"Roger is absolutely shattered and so is everyone around the club," coach Andrew McFadden said.
"We had huge expectations about what he would bring to us this season and he was so excited about the role he had to play. He had settled in well developing his combinations and timing but now this.
"It's the cruel side of football - we've certainly had more than our share of bad luck.
"Roger will have surgery in about three weeks and faces a long recovery but we'll make sure he has plenty of support and care around him."
After a winless start to the season, the Warriors have won three of their past four games to sit 10th in the standings.