Penrith has suffered a severe blow with star hooker Api Koroisau, who has been sidelined for at least six weeks with a broken wrist.
The 28-year-old was operated on for his injury, which he had the first last Saturday night The Panthers win against North Queensland.
Koroisau was taken off the field in the second half of the 24-0 win. Scans later confirmed a broken wrist.
The basic recovery after surgery is six weeks. The Fijian international could take a longer break depending on the rehab.
During this time, Penrith will face Melbourne in the grand final next weekend and a big game against Canberra in the fifth round.
The Panthers are preparing for it to play Canterbury at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday with Mitch Kenny serving as the substitute hooker.
Koroisau was originally named to play the Bulldogs on Tuesday. The club only confirmed on Saturday morning that he had undergone an operation and was disfellowshipped.
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