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Jake Trbojevic will undergo surgery tomorrow in order to be fit for Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season after sustaining a pectoral tear in the World Cup opener against England on Friday.

The Sea Eagles medical staff are confident that Trbojevic will recover in time for their Friday night clash against the Newcastle Knights on March 9 next year.

It’s a disappointing end to a wonderful season for Trbojevic, who made his State of Origin debut for the VB Blues and forced his way into the international starting line-up.

“It’s pretty disappointing, but I guess that’s footy,” Trbojevic said after receiving the diagnosis.

“It felt pretty weird, when it happened I didn’t think too much [of it] but it definitely didn’t feel right and when I did the test I had no strength there.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to play the first game of the World Cup against England, I’ve never played against England before so that was a great experience in itself, but it is disappointing to be going home.”

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