Warriors hooker Issac Luke is set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines after injuring his knee in last night’s Anzac Day loss to the Storm.
New Zealand are awaiting scans for suspected cartridge problems after Luke was forced off the field just 16 minutes into Wednesday’s game.
The injury may require surgery, which could rule him out until the Warriors’ round 14 clash with Manly.
Coach Stephen Kearney was trying to stay positive amid the setback.
"He's obviously hurt his knee but in terms of what that looks like in time, we'll wait until we get a scan back and see," Kearney told reporters.
"But there's a chance that he'll miss a week or so, we just need to see how that all pans out."
The Warriors were belted out of the park 50-10 in the Anzac clash as they fell to 6-2 on the season, still holding second place on the NRL ladder.
Kearney showed optimism about his side’s second-half resurgence in an otherwise poor performance.
"It was really important that we showed in better effort and commitment in the second half and I thought the boys did that," said Kearney.
"Melbourne obviously executed really well in the first half and we didn't help matters there and added to that.
"That was encouraging. They had every reason to chuck the towel in but we did have a reason to stick at it because we've worked pretty hard in the first seven weeks.