SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - MARCH 11: Waqa Blake of the Panthers makes a break during the round one NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Parramatta Eels at Panthers Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Penrith centre Waqa Blake will now miss the next eight weeks after specialists confirmed the 23-year-old would need surgery to repair his syndesmosis injury.

Blake suffered the injury in the final stages of the Panthers' win over the Eels on Sunday, and was initially meant to miss just a month of football.

However, medical advice from a specialist has suggested Blake's best chance at a full recovery is to have surgery, which will now keep him on the sidelines for an extra four weeks.

Blake has scored four tries from the Panthers' opening five games, and has been replaced in the side by Isaah Yeo, with coach Anthony Griffin moving Yeo into the backline from the second row.

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