Featherstone centre Jessie Joe Parker has returned to Papua New Guinea to be with his son, who has been diagnosed with malaria.
Parker, 24, has been one of the stand-out players in the Rovers team this season as they have climbed to the top of the Championship, but he could now be missing for the rest of the season after returning home.
A club spokesman said: “Jamihl is quite poorly and at this stage we don’t know whether Jesse will be returning.
“All of us at Rovers send our thoughts and best wishes to Jesse and his family. To be at the other side of the world when your son is seriously ill must be deeply distressing for anyone. We all hope that Jamihl’s recovery is a full and speedy one.”
Rumours earlier this week suggest that Parker may have played his last game for Featherstone, with a move to Super League neighbours Wakefield a likely possibility for the 2011 season.