Penrith second-rower Viliame Kikau has been dominated out for as much as six weeks of rugby league after present process scans on his proper knee on Monday.
Kikau suffered the harm early in Saturday’s NRL trial win over South Sydney – the Panthers’ first hitout of the season.
“He (Kikau) will rehab strongly and are available again higher than ever,” Panthers boss Phil Gould stated on social media on Monday.
With the Panthers’ NRL opener in opposition to Parramatta not till March 16, the Fijian worldwide might solely miss three video games of the season.
Returning coach Ivan Cleary may have Kikau again in time for the membership’s round-four conflict with the Wests Tigers.
Kikau’s absence can be an early check of the Panthers’ depth, with former South Sydney ahead Tyrell Fuimaono their solely summer season signing within the backrow.
Lock James Fisher-Harris may very well be an choice to shift to the sting, opening a spot for ex-St George Illawarra center ahead Hame Sele.
The Panthers spherical out their pre-season preparations with a trial in opposition to Parramatta on Saturday, earlier than assembly the Eels once more at residence in spherical one.