Robbie Farah heard a ''loud crack'' in his leg and feared he had ruptured his ACL for a second time.
Scans later confirmed a broken tibia, but the Wests Tigers legend is giving himself the slightest of hopes to return one last time, although he concedes it is likely he has played his last game in the NRL.
With his No.9 successor Jacob Liddle now set to miss the entire 2020 season with ruptured anterior, medial and posterior cruciate ligaments, Farah nominated skipper Moses Mbye as an unlikely dummy-half option.
Josh Reynolds will have the hooking role when the Tigers try to keep their season alive at Campbelltown against Newcastle on Saturday evening.
Farah took a few days to come to grips with the shocking injury news and spoke for the first time on Monday about his grave fears when he heard a crack during a tackle against Canterbury.
"I heard a loud crack when it happened, I thought it my ACL because I've done my ACL in that knee before,'' said Farah, who broke down last Saturday week in his 302nd NRL game.
"The physio checked it on the field at the time and said it wasn't my ACL.
"I thought I'd keep playing and kept running, but it got worse. We thought it might have been meniscus or something. The physio checked my ACL in the next morning and he couldn't feel it and said, 'I think I was wrong last night'.
"My head was falling off going into the scan and I thought, 'please don't tell me I've done it' because not only will I not play again, but to go through the whole rehab process as I was retiring was not something I wanted to go through.
"I got the all clear on the ACL but they found a decent fracture, which explains the crack.
"It's not an injury they see too often.
"I had to get my head around it, gather as much information I could from different specialists and try to see what my options were.
"I've accepted the fact I probably won't play another game, but at the same time I'll do everything I can to try and defy the odds and get back out there. You need time for the bone to heal, there's no miracle procedure to make it heal quicker.''
The Tigers host Cronulla in the final round on a Sunday afternoon at Leichhardt Oval. The match could determine who clinches a spot in the finals.
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