Sheffield Eagles player Ben Jones has broken a thumb and faces a battle to play again this season.
It is the latest setback for the prop forward who has played only three first team games for the club since signing from Dewsbury Rams.
The 25-year-old was injured in last weekend’s win at his former club in only his second comeback game after three months out with a broken foot.
Coach Mark Aston said: “The break’s been set and pins put in. Ben will be out for two or three months. Hopefully we’ll get him back before the end of the season but it’ll be hard.
“I feel for Ben, he’s only played three first team games for us and this happens - he must be the unluckiest man in the world. When he’s played he’s been solid and strong and given us something.”
The return of Leeds-born Jones had allowed Aston to play three prop forwards off the substitutes’ bench in the win at Dewsbury.
He may keep to that plan when the Eagles go for a third straight win for the first time this season against Keighley Cougars at the Owlerton Stadium on Sunday.
A possible replacement for Jones would see a debut for Theo Gonzalez-Trique who is on loan from Toulouse Olympique. The 23-year-old was on the fringe of the French squad for the Rugby League World Cup.
Aston said: “We’ve got front-rowers who can come in. Having the big lads on the bench gave us something and means we can rotate people.”