Wakefied hooker Scott Moore will undergo surgery next week and faces at least two months on the sidelines.
Moore injured his bicep in the Wildcats’ Boxing Day friendly win over Leeds Rhinos.
After seeing a specialist, it has been confirmed that the 27-year old will indeed need surgery to repair his arm.
The recovery time for the injury is between eight and 10 weeks, meaning the forward will miss Wakefield’s first four 2016 Super League games at least.
The Wildcats take on Widnes at home to open the season and then face Castleford, Hull KR and Warrington away. Moore could also be battling to be fit for the matches against Catalans at Belle Vue and St Helens at Langtree Park in rounds five and six.
The former Saints and Tigers hooker had a similar injury on his other bicep last year and defied expectations to return to the field quicker than first thought to play in the Million Pound game.
“I got back in six weeks last time but that was a bit silly, so I’ll just let this one take as long as it takes,” Moore told Love Rugby League.
“There’s never a good time to be injured but this is probably as best as any.”