Salford have been dealt a massive blow on the eve of the season with winger Manu Vatuvei suffering a suspected serious Achilles injury in training.
Vatuvei, 31, scored five tries in eight appearances for the Red Devils after joining midway through last season, and featured for Tonga at the World Cup.
Coach Ian Watson said: “It’s terribly unfortunate that Manu has sustained an injury this close to the start of the season.
“Manu has been terrific for us since signing midway through last season and he is a massive asset for the Club both on and off the field.
“I really feel for Manu because I know how much he was looking forward to getting back out playing.”
Manu Vatuvei sustained a suspected serious achilles injury in training today for Salford Red Devils. Achilles rupture is easily confirmed on initial examination by medical staff (before scans), so very likely he requires surgery & 5 months + recovery. Wish him the best
— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) January 26, 2018
Salford are now awaiting results of a scan to determine the extent of the damage.