Canterbury Bulldogs have been rocked with the news that Kieran Foran could miss the whole 2020 season.
The 29-year-old picked up a shoulder injury in the opening stages of New Zealand’s first Test win over Great Britain.
Foran, who was already scheduled to be out for six months due to a shoulder reconstruction, underwent exploratory surgery this week only to find more damage.
Surgeons found that Foran’s rotator cuff requires a cleanout, with recovery time for that injury being at least nine months if not a full year.
The Bulldogs will now explore an application for up to $350,000 of salary cap relief under the NRL’s representative injury rules.
A club statement read: “Kieran Foran yesterday underwent re-constructive surgery on his injured shoulder.
“The surgery revealed that there was new and additional damage to the shoulder that will require Kieran to undergo further surgery later this month.
“At this stage the rehabilitation period for recovery has been estimated as being between 9 and 12 months.”