In a huge blow for the NZ Warriors, Addin Fonua-Blake will be sidelined for at least four months with a left leg injury he sustained against the Sydney Roosters.
The Warriors confirmed during the Sea Eagles game that the club’s major new signing is likely to have surgery early next week to repair the extensor mechanism in his left knee.
Fonua-Blake left the field just 13 minutes into last Sunday night’s clash against the Sydney Roosters, his fourth appearance for the Kiwi outfit.
The Mate Ma’a Tonga international has fractured his left tibial tuberosity and also has a posterior cruciate ligament injury.
The club's marquee signing of the off season, the 25-year-old has already had a significant impact on the team's muscle upfront, and his loss will be keenly felt.
Fonua-Blake's situation compounds the Warriors' substantial injury woes, with first-choice players Euan Aitken, Chanel Harris-Tavita, and Peta Hiku already facing lengthy layoffs.