Kalyn Ponga admits he "might miss the last two games" as he battles with an ankle injury.
The nib Newcastle Knights fullback turned five-eighth has been wearing a moon boot in a bid to help aid his recovery after rolling his ankle some weeks back in a training mishap.
While he was a strong performer in last week's win over Penrith, a scan earlier in the week revealed he could risk further damage if he takes the field against Cronulla on Sunday.
"I thought my ankle was getting better but I got scans on Tuesday," Ponga told HIT106.9's Nick, Jess and Simon.
"It's probably more of a precautionary thing, so in the off-season, I don't have to get surgery.
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"They don't want my bones bashing at each other. They don't want it to break and have to go in there and clean it up.
"It sucks. I'm wearing a moon boot and I might miss the last two games.
"Because of my age and I've got so much ahead of me, I don't want to worry about my ankles next year or the years after."
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The Club will make a call on Ponga's availability for the Round 24 clash with Cronulla after training on Saturday.
Should he miss the game with the Sharks, he 20-year-old is hopeful of running out for Old Boys Day against St George Illawarra in what will be the last game of the season.
"I really want to play that game," he said.
"It's our physios (call) on that sort of stuff.
"I can beg all I want but if I can't play, I can't play."