Widnes hooker Lloyd White is set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
White, 23, is the club’s only ever present in their first year back in Super League, but was stretchered off during Sunday’s 42-34 defeat by Catalan.
The Wales international is waiting to discover the full extent of the damage to his anterior cruciate ligament but head coach Denis Betts is resigned to losing him for the rest of the season.
Betts said: “It could be a knee re-construction.
“We’re still waiting for the scan to come back but we’ve got a good idea from the physio and he’ll probably miss the rest of the year.
“It’s pretty tough. You’ve got to feel for Lloyd. He’s done really well. His consistency is down but it’s getting better and he needs to play.”
White’s stand-out moment in a Widnes shirt since joining from Crusaders in the close season, was kicking the decisive drop goal in the Vikings’ 37-36 win over Wigan, their first victory back in the top flight.