South Sydney Rabbitohs have been dealt a major blow after star captain Greg Inglis suffered a potentially season-ending anterior crucial ligament injury, which could see him sidelined for six months.
The Rabbitohs confirmed Inglis ruptured the ACL in his left knee following Friday's round-one NRL loss to Wests Tigers.
Queensland Maroons and Australia representative Inglis hurt himself during the opening minutes of the 34-18 defeat against the Tigers.
Inglis somehow played on at ANZ Stadium before succumbing to injury, but Rabbitohs general manager Shane Richardson denied the 30-year-old sustained further damage as a result of staying on the field.
"The injury occurred in the first instance in the match, not as a consequence of Greg playing on further," Richardson said in a statement on Saturday.
"Our medical staff further examined the injury at the half-time break and they felt the knee was stable, and they along with the head coach and Greg himself agreed that he would go on and play in the second half.
"I, along with the rest of our club, have the greatest of confidence in our medical and coaching staff to make the best possible decisions about our players' wellbeing.
"We have the quality of squad to continue our quest throughout the season and Greg, as our captain and senior leader, will continue to play a significant role throughout the year."