Terry Campese has suffered another major knee injury. The former Raider again tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, this time while playing in the UK Super League with Hull KR.
The former Raiders five-eighth limped off against Castleford a fortnight ago, and further scans have revealed he suffered a ruptured ACL and will undergo surgery.
Campese was seen as a potential Man of Steel after making an impressive start to his Super League career and recently signed an extended contract with the Robins, who are struggling to make the top eight.
Hull KR coach Chris Chester said: “It’s very disappointing to lose Terry for such an extended period as he is an instrumental part of our team and a fantastic leader within the squad.
“He has really settled into the Super League competition and was playing some fantastic rugby for us, so to be without him for the rest of the season is tough to take.”
Hull KR have already been linked with Parramatta halfback Chris Sandow and Chester admits he is looking for a short-term replacement for Campese.
“Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair played very well in the halves against Widnes on Sunday and we’ve also got the likes of Connor Robinson and Matty Marsh waiting for an opportunity,” Chester said.
“There’s also the option of bringing somebody in to replace Terry for the rest of the season, so we’re keeping all options open at this stage, but Terry’s health is the most important thing right now.
“He’s in good hands with the specialists, along with our own medical team, and he’ll get our full support as we hope to see him back out on the field in the best possible shape next season.”