Bulldogs will sorely miss troubled Barba

Leading Australian bookmakers believe the Canterbury Bulldogs won't be the same team without their superstar fullback Ben Barba and they could even miss out on the playoffs if he sits out a large slice of the 2013 NRL season.

The NRL premiership second favourites stood down their champion indefinitely on Monday, citing behavioural issues stemming from domestic problems.

Early indications suggest Barba, the player of last season, could miss a considerable number of games.

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