St George Illawarra can't seem to catch a break with Corey Norman likely to spend a month on the sideline after suffering a suspected cheek fracture in their 32-18 loss to the Eels at Bankwest Stadium.
Norman will be sent for scans on Monday to confirm the severity of the injury. But it couldn't come at a worse time for the Dragons who are already without Gareth Widdop (shoulder) and Korbin Sims (broken arm) and Jack de Belin, who has been stood down by the NRL.
Coach Paul McGregor said Norman's likely absence would be a big loss for the side on top of Widdop's unavailability but he has faith in Jai Field to slip into the halves alongside Ben Hunt.
"Yeah, it's not great,” McGregor said.
"It's around four to six weeks one would think. Jai has been our 18th man in last four or five weeks so he's available.
"He's been playing some good footy in reserve grade."
Norman wasn’t the only player that couldn’t finish the game with Tyson Frizell copping poke in the eye in the 10th minute of Sunday's clash.
The second-rower returned to the field in the 23rd minute but was quickly replaced and didn’t return in the second half.
"Tyson's got one eye closed at the moment,” McGregor said.
"He's still got a bit of blurred vision there and a cut as well. We will wait and see I suppose."
McGregor said despite the side's bad run with injuries, no confidence will be lost heading into their Magic Round clash against the Warriors on Saturday night.
"Confidence comes back pretty quick and it goes quick but you don't lose your ability," McGregor said.
"Footy is a pretty good game - the next moment comes around pretty quickly so they have an opportunity next week to do their best."
But he did say the footy gods seem to be against them.
"We're always going to get injuries and suspension in your game but it's the calibre of players that are missing - multiple players in that type of talent,” he said.