St George Illawarra centre Dylan Farrell has been officially ruled out for the remainder of the season with scans confirming a second ruptured pectoral muscle on Monday.
Farrell, 23, sustained the injury whilst playing for the Illawarra Cutters on Saturday in the final minutes of the 44-18 victory over the Wentworthville Magpies at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.
Saturday’s game was just the second for Farrell who was on the comeback trail from a pectoral injury sustained to his left pectoral muscle against the Storm in Round 6.
“It is extremely disappointing for Dylan and the Club that scans today have confirmed a second pectoral injury this season,” said Dragons High Performance Manager Andrew Gray.
"They show a rupture at the muscle-tendon junction of his left pectoral muscle and he will now proceed to have it sugically repaired in the coming days.
"He will unfortunately not be available for the remainder of the season.
“It is the other pectoral muscle to the one he ruptured earlier in the year with the only positive being the fact that he knows exactly what the rehabilitation process is and what is required over the next few months."
Gray indicated that the injury was an accident with Farrell not being able to avoid the unfortunate circumstance.
“Dylan was carrying the ball and went to fend someone off, his arm was outstretched and the tackler landed on the back of his shoulder and just overstretched that muscle.
“There really wasn’t too much that Dylan could have done it about, it is just extremely bad luck”.