Brisbane will be without playmaker Peter Wallace for next Saturday’s semi-final clash against Melbourne after he sustained a fractured ankle.
Wallace suffered the injury in the closing stages of the Broncos’ emphatic 24-10 win over St George Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium.
“I knew as soon as it happened that there was something seriously wrong,” said Wallace.
“It is very disappointing for this to happen at any stage of the season, but for it to happen now when we are heading into such a big game makes it even harder to swallow.
“There is nothing I can do but accept it as part of footy and support my teammates as they get ready to play the Storm next week.”
Wallace underwent x-rays on Saturday night and his leg was place in a special half-cast immediatley after.
But the good news is for Wallace is that Broncos medical staff do not believe his injury requires surgery.
“We do not expect that Peter will need surgery and some time in the cast will see him make a full recovery and be ready to play next season,” said Broncos doctor Matt Hislop.
The injury leaves coach Ivan Henjak with a tough decision on who will replace Wallace in the number seven Jersey.
The current favourite is club legend Darren Lockyer although versatile fullback Karmichael Hunt, who is due to leave for AFL at the end of the season, has also been touted as a possible replacement for Wallace.