Penrith fullback suffers collapsed lung

Penrith’s Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has been sidelined indefinitely after being hospitalised with a collapsed lung.

The Panthers outside back was admitted to hospital on Tuesday after the onset of a condition that results in the accumulation of air in the space between the lungs and chest cavity.

Watene-Zelezniak has primary spontaneous pneumothorax, a genetic condition that leads to the rupture of small sacs of air in the lungs.

The club does not know if his condition was triggered by a physical blow and his playing future has been put on hold.

It is a massive blow for the Panthers, who are already without regular fullback Matt Moylan (ankle) until round 23.

Watene-Zelezniak has excelled since stepping in to assume the No.1 jumper in Moylan’s absence.

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