South Sydney centre Hymel Hunt has been ruled out for up to five months after confirmation he ruptured his pectoral muscle in Friday’s NRL loss to Brisbane.
Hunt was to have surgery on Tuesday, and isn’t considered a chance to play again this year unless the Rabbitohs make the finals.
Meanwhile the club says its still trying to determine whether halfback Adam Reynolds suffered a second broken jaw from an Adam Blair late shot in the same game.
Coach Michael Maguire was hopeful he would have his No.7 for Thursday’s clash against the battling Wests Tigers.
“It’s pretty positive so we’ll just have to wait and see this afternoon,” Maguire said of Reynolds.
“I think anyone who’s had that injury, you’re always going to have some evidence of what’s there.
“That’s what they’re having a look at at the moment, just to see whether there’s any other break.”
Prop George Burgess is set to return to the line-up after missing the Broncos clash with an abdominal strain, while winger Alex Johnston will be back after the representative break.
The Rabbitohs dropped out of the top eight after their fifth loss in six weeks against the Broncos last week and have conceded 74 points over the past fortnight.