Vodafone Warriors fullback Sam Tomkins will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a partial tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Tomkins left the field 11 minutes into the second half of Saturday’s third-round victory over Parramatta at Mount Smart Stadium.
He’s expected to be available again later in April or early in May. The Vodafone Warriors are away to North Queensland (April 18), home to Gold Coast (April 25) and away to Cronulla (May 9).
“The outcome is a lot better than it could have been,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden.
“Sam will rehab the injury and should be available again in a few weeks.
“Obviously it’s a setback being without a player of his quality but it’s also a big opportunity for Tui (Lolohea).
“He’s already had a full game at fullback against the Knights and he played there for another 30 minutes on Saturday. He’s a player with special ability and we have great confidence in him.”
Tomkins, who turned 26 today, joins an injury list which still includes Sam Rapira (hamstring), Konrad Hurrell (knee) and Ngani Laumape (knee).
Glen Fisiiahi (shoulder) | Round 6-7
David Fusitu’a (shoulder) | Round 6-7
Konrad Hurrell (knee) | Round 5-6
Ngani Laumape (knee) | Round 5-6
Mason Lino (shoulder) | Round 7-8
Ken Maumalo (hamstring) | Round 5-6
Sam Rapira (hamstring) | Round 5-6
Sam Tomkins (knee) | Round 7-9