Wests Tigers have announced retiring veteran Robbie Farah has fractured part of his tibia but officials are hopeful he has not played his last game for his beloved club.
Scans on Sunday have confirmed Farah's injury and the club said it would "explore further assessment and options around the hooker’s recovery".
He will miss Thursday’s game against the Sea Eagles.
With the Tigers to play only three more matches in the regular season and in danger of missing the finals after their loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday night left them in 10th place on the ladder, Farah may have played his last NRL match.
Tigers skipper Moses Mbye suffered a hip flexor strain against the Bulldogs and will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness for the side’s round 22 clash against Manly.
Farah was twisted awkwardly in a legal tackle from Bulldogs halfback Lachlan Lewis and the veteran hooker attempted to play on with the injury before succumbing midway through the first half of the 18-16 loss to the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
Wests Tigers players hope Farah will return from injury
The 35-year-old announced last week the 2019 season would be his last before retirement.
Despite losing Mbye and Farah early, the Tigers took an 8-0 lead into half-time and looked to be in control but the Bulldogs piled on three tries in the opening 15 minutes of the second half to assume control.
The Tigers rallied late to pull within two points in the final minute and Paul Momirovski had a conversion to send the game to golden point but he hooked the kick and the club with the longest finals drought in the NRL now face the prospect of backing up against Manly at Lottoland on a five-day turnaround.
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"It hurts, we shouldn't have been in that position at the back end of the game," coach Michael Maguire said.
"There were moments in the game we should have been better.
"Straight forward there at the start of the second half. We bumbled around and didn't play the style we know we can.
"We know the position we're in and we need to perform to get the win on Thursday night."