Young Sharks half Kyle Flanagan is set to be sidelined for the opening rounds of the 2018 season after breaking his thumb in the trial match with Manly.
Flanagan sustained the injury not long after taking the field but showed plenty of toughness to continue despite the injury.
Sharks Physical Performance Manager Andrew Gray and his medical staff were hoping for the best but explained that x-rays have confirmed their worst fears.
“It occurred early in the game and at the time we were hoping it was something minor,” Gray said.
“Kyle is now in a splint and with a likely timeframe on his return being in round three or four.
“While there will be things he can’t do, being young it gives our physical performance staff an opportunity to put more work into other facets of his physical development.”