SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 28: Kotoni Staggs of the Broncos looks on after a Roosters try during the round 16 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Brisbane Broncos at the Sydney Cricket Ground on August 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Brisbane Broncos will have to complete the 2021 NRL season without star centre Kotoni Staggs.

After missing much of the season as he recovered from an ACL injury sustained at the end of last year, Staggs returned just a few weeks ago in a stirring Brisbane win over the Cronulla Sharks.

He then played against the Wests Tigers and Penrith Panthers, with the Broncos losing both matches, but putting in much-improved performances.

The Broncos managed to pick up a win over the Cowboys on Friday night, but Staggs was taken from the field just four minutes before the full time with a knee injury.

It's now been revealed it's a high-grade MCL injury on the same knee that he injured his ACL on last year.

Broncos head of performance Dave Ballard said the injury was likely to end the season for Staggs, meaning he will finish it having played just four games.

“Kotoni has a high-grade MCL injury after suffering an impact to the knee in a tackle in the second half, and he is unlikely to return to play for the remainder of the season," Ballard said.

“It’s the same knee that he injured last year but it’s important to be clear that his ACL is fine and the injury is localised to his MCL."

It's horrendous news for Staggs, with the Broncos desperately attempting to steer clear of the bottom of the table.

In other bad news at Red Hill, Jake Turpin picked up a high ankle sprain which will see him sidelined for three to four weeks.

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