South Sydney captain Greg Inglis is expected to miss the first two rounds of the 2014 NRL season.
The report comes a few days after it was revealed. Inglis would be out of the fighting of Rabbitohs and the game Indigenous All Stars against Maori All Stars on February 15, after worsening a knee injury.
Inglis had discomfort with the knee that he had rebuilt in 2017 during recent training sessions and is now on restricted tasks.
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"Greg Inglis, they're all saying, he will not be there" Triple M reporter Ben Dobbin said Great breakfast. on Tuesday.
"I talked to Wayne (Bennett) about it. He will not be there in the first round because he is 15 pounds over his weight. "
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Bennett confirmed last week that Inglis "just had some pain there" and that was not a big concern.
The latest news, however, means the 32-year-old will not play Rabbitohs Round 1 against Sydney Roosters on Friday 15 March and next week's clash with St George Illawarra.
"It's disappointing not being able to play All Stars, but I need to manage the body before the season," Inglis told NRL.com last week.
"I could not train very much and I would not like to participate in a game of this importance and intensity."
Inglis had neck surgery out of season before announcing he would retire from the representative rugby league in late 2019 and the NRL in 2020.
Alex Johnston is expected to play fullback in the short term, a position that Inglis is scheduled to play this season.