Catalans full-back Arthur Mourgue will miss the first two months of the new Super League season with an ankle injury.
Mourgue, 22, picked up the injury in training last week and scans have revealed he has a ruptured ligament in his left ankle.
The Dragons say that after visiting a specialist, the decision has been made to treat the injury without surgery.
He is expected to be sidelined for between 10 and 12 weeks.
Arthur Mourgue breakthrough year
Mourgue lit up Super League in his breakthrough year in 2021, as he helped Catalans reach the Grand Final.
The France international made 24 appearances, scoring six tries, and only tasted defeat four times.
He scored a try in the 28-10 play-off semi-final victory over Hull KR, and was on the bench at Old Trafford.
The Saint-Etienne born man has filled in at full-back in the absence of Sam Tomkins, and also made a handful of appearances at half-back.
He started successive games in the halves in July, leading the Dragons to wins over Leeds (twice) and Hull KR.
After featuring for France in the 9s World Cup in 2019, he made his full international debut back in October.
Mourgue was named at stand-off in France’s 30-10 defeat to England in Perpignan.
Catalans have high hopes for Mourgue, who is one of a number of players who have stepped up from their reserve side St Esteve in recent seasons.
Mourgue turned out for St Esteve in the Elite One Championship; with the likes of Paul Seguier, Mathieu Laguerre and Corentin le Cam now following his path to the first team.