Parramatta skipper Kieran Foran has been ruled out for the rest of the NRL season with a shoulder injury, throwing the club into further disarray.
Adding further pain for Eels fans, Foran’s halves replacement Brad Takairangi will be sidelined for four weeks with a hamstring strain.
Foran left the field in Parramatta’s 20-18 win over Newcastle on Monday night and the club confirmed on Thursday he’ll have surgery.
The star halfback’s loss is a bitter blow for Brad Arthur’s side after the club was threatened with the loss of 12 competition points for systematic salary cap rorting.
The side’s already flicking finals hopes took a massive hit with defeats to South Sydney and Melbourne in recent weeks and the loss of the New Zealand Test playmaker shapes as the coup de grace.
Foran had recently returned from a stint in rehab after the breakdown of his relationship with his long-term partner and struggled with a hamstring injury in the early rounds.
He returned against the Storm last Monday but his maiden season in the blue and gold was one to forget.
Parramatta have lurched from crisis to crisis this season, forced to shed players including Nathan Peats and Ryan Morgan in order to get under the salary cap while five-eighth Corey Norman was charged with drug possession and due to face court in July.