SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Warriors is helped off the field after an injury during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at ANZ Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

Warriors star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck may now miss New Zealand’s end-of-season Test against the Kangaroos on October 13 after sustaining an injury during his side’s 27-12 loss to the Panthers on Saturday.

Tuivasa-Sheck left the field late in the first half after a clash with Sione Katoa, and Fox League confirmed the star would miss the rest of the game with a medial ligament strain.

“I guess it was a bit of a sense when Roger did come off there was a bit of a lull in our energy,” Warriors coach Stephen Kearney said post-match.

“That didn’t help, but I thought we were still in the contest. We just didn’t find any momentum in the second half.

“At this stage, it looks like a medial. But we need to get some scans on it the first thing on Monday.”

Following the Kiwis’ Test with the Kangaroos, New Zealand will go on a four-Test tour against England and France, beginning on October 27.

The injury saw the end of the Warriors’ finals campaign, after the Panthers scored 25 unanswered points to either side of half time to register the 15-point victory.

“It’s important to recognise [the positives],” Kearney said.

“It’s a pretty disappointed dressing room because we didn’t put our best performance out there.

“But we have made some progress this year, there’s no doubt about that. The competition has showed guys that were playing prelim finals last year, grand finals last year … in a blinking of an eye it can head the other way.

“We’re really determined to make sure that we improve and we’ve got to be better.”

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