Wakefield Trinity have confirmed that Bill Tupou will miss the remainder of 2021 after suffering a ruptured patellar tendon during Wednesday’s defeat to near neighbours Castleford.
Tupou, 30, was stretchered from the field towards the end of the first half of their 18-12 defeat at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
The former Tonga international is set to undergo surgery next week, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
News of Tupou’s injury adds further insult to injury for Trinity after they slumped to an eighth league defeat from 11 matches, despite scoring twice through half-back Jacob Miller and threatening a late fightback.
Tupou, an inductee of the 2018 Super League dream team, committed his future to the club alongside fellow centre Reece Lyne back in 2019, extending his stay until the end of the 2022 season.
The former New Zealand Warriors and Canberra Raiders outside back had made eight league appearances for Wakefield in 2021, scoring once.