NEW Zealand Warriors centre Euan Aitken, a Shellharbour Sharks product, is set to be sidelined for more than two months after suffering an ankle injury in Saturday's season opener against the Gold Coast Titans.
The 25-year-old is likely to have surgery this week after suffering a high ankle sprain in his left leg while making his club debut for the Warriors, in the club's 19-6 win at Central Coast Stadium.
Despite the injury, the Merimbula-Pambula junior played the full 80 minutes, making 133 metres from 13 runs plus 16 tackles without a miss.
The Warriors take on the Newcastle Knights on Friday with head coach Nathan Brown indicating Adam Pompey would be the likely replacement, in Saturday's post-match press conference, if Aitken was confirmed to have a serious injury.
"If [Aitken] is unavailable next week, then we've got Adam Pompey, who had a great back end of last year and trialled well, as a very capable replacement," Brown said.
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