Just as they appeared to get their NRL campaign back on track, Parramatta's premiership hopes have been dealt a blow after a season-ending knee injury to Kaysa Pritchard.
The Eels on Monday confirmed Pritchard will undergo major knee surgery after tearing his lateral collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in Sunday's win over St George Illawarra.
The kamikaze rake was caught awkwardly in a tackle at ANZ Stadium and was rushed to hospital.
The club is still awaiting the results of scans for co-captain Beau Scott, who came off midway through the second half with an elbow injury.
Pritchard's latest injury battle continues a troubled career for the brother of Eels forward Frank, including twin pectoral tears in 2015.
With first-choice rake Isaac De Gois sidelined indefinitely due to concussion, the ninth-placed Eels are now likely to rely on little-used Cameron King in the No.9 role.
Utility Will Smith is also expected to continue getting minutes at hooker.
The Eels are already without David Gower (hand), Josh Hoffman (knee), Frank Pritchard (foot), Kirisome Auva'a (knee) and Peni Terepo (pectoral) after a difficult run on the field.
Parramatta have the bye this week before meeting Canterbury on Thursday week. Read the full statement below.
Eels Official Statement
The Club would like to provide an injury update from yesterday’s win against the Dragons.
Following scans undertaken this morning, Kaysa Pritchard will undergo season ending surgery in the coming days.
Kaysa has torn both his lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his knee.
We wish him all the best for his recovery and at this stage it is expected that he will be available for preseason training towards the end of the year.
Beau Scott is currently still being assessed following a second half injury. The Club will provide a full update in due course.