The Manly Sea Eagles have been hit by the news that Brad Parker and Jason Saab are facing a month on the sidelines after picking up injuries.
The Sea Eagles are priced at 1/4 to finish in the top eight and play finals and their hopes of making ground over the next four weeks have suffered a setback with the loss of two key players.
Manly suffered an 18-point defeat against South Sydney on Friday night and just to rub salt in to the wounds both Parker and Saab suffered injuries.
Parker left the field just after half-time with a knee injury and did not return. Saab managed to play the whole game but the Sea Eagles have since reported he is facing a spell in the treatment room with a toe injury.
The Sea Eagles broke the news via a statement on the club’s website.
It read: “Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have been dealt another injury blow ahead of Saturday's home match against the Wests Tigers at 4 Pines Park.
“Centre Brad Parker suffered a partially torn ACL ligament against South Sydney last Friday night. He will now undergo rehabilitation work for a month before being reassessed.
“Winger Jason Saab suffered a toe ligament injury against Souths and will be out for between 3-4 weeks.”
The news comes as Manly are already facing up to the prospect of being without Karl Lawton for some time.
He was sent off for a spear tackle on Souths skipper Cameron Murray and is waiting to discover his fate from the judiciary.