South Sydney have lost superstar fullback Latrell Mitchell for the rest of the season.
The Rabbitohs were sweating on the results of a scan on the 23-year-old’s injured hamstring to see whether he would be able to return to the field for the finals.
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Instead, Mitchell will undergo several months of rehabilitation after it was discovered he had ruptured a tendon, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
The injury will reportedly sideline Mitchell, who joined the Rabbitohs over the off-season, for roughly four to five months - hopefully in time for the 20201 NRL season.
Mitchell was helped off the field during the second half of South Sydney’s 38-0 drubbing of the Parramatta Eels on Thursday night.
The young gun immediately clutched his left leg in pain, after teammate Jaxson Paulo awkwardly landed on it as the pair tackled Parramatta’s Dylan Brown.
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Alex Johnston will likely replace Mitchell in the No.1 jersey, with Corey Allan the other option.
The 23-year-old's injury is an even greater shame when considering how well Souths attack was starting to click with him at the back.
They have scored 177 points in their past five games alone, with Mitchell linking wonderfully with halves Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker.
They tore the Eels to shreds on both edges on Thursday night, in the team's first win over a top-six side all year.
Mitchell set up one of the tries with his quick hands, while Reynolds had his fingerprints on everything with Souths suddenly looking a different side in attack.
They now find themselves in the hunt for the NRL's top four, with a blockbuster clash with Melbourne next Friday night.
Not that that will faze them the way have played in recent weeks.
"We came here with confidence tonight because we won our last four games," Bennett said.
"That's what winning does for you. We're playing well to win as well.
"The most important thing is to play our brand of football and keep at it, and not get distracted by it.
"That's our best chance to beat any team in the top four or bottom four."