North Queensland’s Robert Lui will not require surgery on his injured knee, but will be out for at least six weeks.
Scans have revealed that the 21-year-old halfback has not suffered any damage to his ACL, as was first feared.
They showed instead that the former Wests Tigers player dislocated his right kneecap.
A Cowboys statement read: “The average rehabilitation period for an injury of this nature is around six weeks, meaning Lui is only an outside chance of being available for selection for the Cowboys’ round one home game against the Gold Coast Titans at Dairy Farmers Stadium.”
“He is definitely out of this weekend’s trial against Brisbane at Redcliffe and the clash with St George Illawarra in Perth on 11 February.”
Lui said he knew he had suffered damage but was relieved it wasn’t more serious.
“I felt a click and I knew straight away something was wrong,” he said.
“Thank God it wasn’t a PCL or ACL where I could have been out for the whole season.”