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The Cowboys do not know when Te Maire Martin will return to the field.
International Kiwis and Cowboys defender Te Maire Martin were dismissed from Friday's showdown against the Gold Coast due to severe headaches, allegedly caused by a bleeding in the brain.
Martin was replaced in jersey number 1 by Jordan Kahu, while the medical team of North Queensland scour the images of the game to find the root of the problem.
Speaking NRL 360 on Fox Sports, Australia, journalist Paul Kent believed the 23-year-old had a bleeding in his brain and would be away indefinitely, though that had not yet been confirmed by the Cowboys.
Earlier Tuesday, coach Paul Green said he did not think the problem was concussion related, but he was reviewing previous games to determine if a head injury was not detected.
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"Te Maire has a little problem at the moment, he's not 100 percent, so he's out for a while," Green said.
"He's having some headaches, some very strong headaches. So they're just checking this out.
"He suffered a minor bump in the Melbourne game but showed no sign of concussion.
"We're coming back in the last few games to see if there's anything there.
"But it's a little worrisome at the moment."
Martin invaded the NRL with the Panthers spectacularly in 2016.
He scored an attempt and kicked the winner's field goal to beat the Broncos before going on to the first of four Kiwis tests at the end of the year.
After 13 games for Penrith, Martin made a mid-season switch to the Cowboys in 2017, helping them to a surprise appearance in the grand finale and also being part of the ill-fated New Zealand World Cup campaign.
Martin spent most of his career in both phases, but was used as a quarterback this season after Ben Barba had his contract canceled by the NRL.
The news comes at a time when Green bats away claims to have lost the locker room after the start of the Cowboys' 2-10 season.
Although he was happy to receive reassurances from captain Michael Morgan on Tuesday, that was not the case, Green knows rumors will continue with another poor performance at home on Friday.
"That's what happens when you're not doing so well," he told reporters on Tuesday.
"Other coaches have had their turn so far this year.
"They are (the players) surprised by this, disappointed that this is what is out there and this (their guarantees) confirms what you have already thought.
"When you're under pressure, you have to come together to get rid of it."
Jason Taumalolo is closer to a comeback after completing training on Tuesday while Tom Opacic returns to the side in the centers to cover the Kahu exchange.