Try-scoring record holder Manu Vatuvei is to have surgery on his injured left knee forcing him to miss the Warriors' next three NRL games against North Queensland, Gold Coast and Brisbane.
The 26-year-old suffered the injury during his two-try performance in the club's 30-16 win against Penrith on June 11.
His injury further highlights the club's baffling decision in
releasing utility Krisnan Inu to the Bulldogs.
Inu has been one of the best performed wingers in the NRL over the past month and now the Warriors have little choice in promoting the green Glen Fisiiahi or Omar Slamankhel to Vatuvei's wing for the clash against North Queensland at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday, July 01 (4.00pm kick-off).
It was hoped Vatuvei would play in Saturday night's loss against Cronulla however, team doctor John Mayhew today confirmed Vatuvei would now need an operation.
He said Vatuvei had meniscal tears to the medial and lateral ligaments in his left knee. He has been booked in for surgery tomorrow and is expected to be out for three to four weeks, leaving him in line to return for the Warriors' 20th-round encounter with Newcastle at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday, July 21 (7.30pm kick-off).
Until last Saturday night, Vatuvei had played each of the club's
first 13 matches, scoring seven tries to leave him just three short
of becoming the first Warriors player to score 100 NRL tries.