The Penrith Panthers have confirmed forward Sam McKendry has torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and will miss the rest of the season.
If that is not heartbreaking enough, McKendry tore the exact same ligament in 2016 and 2017.
"It's unbelievably sad news for Sam and his family," Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM told the club's website.
"He has worked so hard on overcoming this injury before.
"It's a huge blow for our club as well. Sam really looked like he was getting back to his best.
"As always we will ensure Sam gets the best of medical advice and care. But sometimes this game just isn't fair."
McKendry will seek specialist medical advice about the best options for recovery.