Tom Trbojevic has been ruled out for the remainder of the season in what is a huge blow to Australia, New South Wales and Manly Sea Eagles.
The Manly full-back dislocated his shoulder in last weekend’s 22-20 defeat to Parramatta Eels.
And scans have confirmed the club’s worst fears, with coach Des Hasler saying he requires season-ending surgery.
The 25-year-old will play no further part for the Sea Eagles in the NRL this season.
It also comes as a huge blow for New South Wales and Australia on the representative scene. State of Origin is just around the corner whilst the World Cup takes place in England later this year.
Sea Eagles coach Hasler said: “He will have the operation. He won’t play again this year.
“He would be an integral part of any footy team, not just the Manly Sea Eagles but the NSW Blues, which is just around the corner.
“At the same time we realise it is part and parcel of what we do. Tom is so focused and obviously he is extremely disappointed but we know that he will make a great comeback.”
Tom Trbojevic background
Trbojevic has scored 78 tries in 121 appearances for Manly since making his first team debut in 2015.
He has won four caps for Australia and helped the Kangaroos lift the Rugby League World Cup in 2017. However, he won’t be there to help the Aussies defend their crown this year.
Trbojevic has scored nine tries in eight games for New South Wales in the State of Origin arena. His absence will come as a huge blow for the Blues this term.
Tom, along with his brothers Jake and Ben, are eligible to represent Serbia on the international scene due to their Serbian heritage.