The Kangaroos fullback Billy Slater will undergo surgery to repair his shattered collarbone in London tomorrow after the Melbourne rugby league star sustained the injury in Australia's 36-20 Four Nations win over England at Wembley.
He now faces two months of rehabilitation as he aims to be fit for the start of the NRL season in March.
Slater was helped off the pitch in the 11th minute after colliding with England winger Ryan Hall as he touched down for the opening try of the game, and the newly-crowned World Player of The Year knew immediately the problem was serious.
Slater was due to go under the knife yesterday after the game but the surgeon at the Princess Grace Hospital, one of the UK's top clinics for sports injuries, advised him to wait.
The Queensland star was due to fly to Barcelona for a short break with his wife this week with the players given three days off by coach Tim Sheens before returning to Manchester to prepare for Monday's game against Wales.