Leeds Rhino's half-back Danny McGuire will miss the rest of the season after breaking his fibula.
McGuire suffered the injury in last week's defeat at Hull and is due to have an operation to insert a plate.
It means, the Rhinos will have to attempt to defend their Super League title without the 30-year-old after scans also revealed ligament damage.
It is not the first time McGuire would have missed a large period of time due to injury. In the 2010/11 season, he missed seven months with damaged knee ligaments.
Rhino's manager Brian McDermott told Sky Sports: "This is a bitter blow for Danny and the team. We had hoped he would be back sooner rather than later but the scans were not good news and it is going to be a lengthy lay-off.
"Danny has been in this situation before and I know he will be able to handle it mentally but it is certainly a blow."
McGuire has made 314 Rhino appearances in his 12 year career, scoring 229 tries. He has also represented England on seven occasions including playing at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.
He currently holds the record for most tries in the Super League as well as being joint second for most tries in a Super League match with five.
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