Eels winger Blake Ferguson is unlikely to return from a knee infection this week.
Parramatta coach Brad Arthur revealed the Origin star is still in hospital after undergoing a minor knee cleanout and will miss Saturday’s clash with the Warriors at Bankwest Stadium.
“He’s got an infection so I doubt he’ll play next week,” Arthur told reporters after his side’s loss to Manly.
“He’s in hospital at the moment trying to get on top of that. But he won’t play next week.”
Asked if his side missed Ferguson in the Sea Eagles loss, Arthur said: “We do, but he’s not going to make the tackles in the middle.
“We got to be able to bounce back. We’ve got enough players there to do a job.”