Penrith appear to have lost centre Peta Hiku for the rest of the season after he suffered an ACL injury in this afternoon’s 28-24 loss to the Gold Coast at Pepper Stadium.
Hiku was stretchered off the field early in the second half of today’s game and didn’t return to the field.
He’ll most likely have scans tomorrow to confirm the injury.
He would be Penrith’s second centre to suffer a season-ending injury this year with Dean Whare already on the sidelines.
Hiku wasn’t the only injury concern today with forward James Fisher-Harris suffering a broken thumb.
“We’ll hope for the best but it doesn’t look good for both of them,” Panthers coach Anthony Griffin said.
The Panthers were disappointing this afternoon, producing probably their worst performance of the season to lose 28-24 to the struggling Titans.
The game was level at 12-all at half-time and despite leading for most of the second half, the Panthers were unable to capitalise on their opportunities.
“It’s just not what we’ve been about so far this year,” Griffin said.
The Panthers have a bye next weekend before taking on Melbourne at AAMI Park in round 13.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.