STRUCK DOWN: Orange product Dan Mortimer’s 2016 NRL season could be over following hamstring surgery. Photo: GETTY IMAGESRUGBY LEAGUE

ORANGE product Dan Mortimer is resigned to months on the sideline following surgery to repair his troublesome hamstring tendon on Thursday, which he re-injured just days before his return to the playing field with the Gold Coast Titans.

Mortimer had already missed several weeks thanks to the injury, but told the Central Western Daily a little over a week ago – on Wednesday, May 11 – he was confident of making a comeback in the Titans’round 10 NRLclash with the Sydney Roosters last weekend.

However, in one of his first full sessions back, he aggravated the injuryto a point where he needed to go under the knife.

Although there is no definite return date in place, Gold Coast head physiotherapist Greg Condon confirmed Mortimer could be out for the rest of the season.

“He had a hamstring tendon injury, which is a bit of a case of [rehabilitation] and you see how they go,” Condon said in the Titans’ latest injury update, via their website.

“Unfortunate his was sort of, failing to heal so he [went] in to have surgery [on Thursday] and it’ll be a few months before he can return.”

The injury comes at an awkward time for Mortimer after the Titans’ signed hooker Nathan Peats immediately from the embattled Parramatta Eels, he’ll make his club debut this weekend.

The Orange CYMS junior remains off contract for 2017 and with the Titans now boasting a glut of hookers Mortimer’s future at the club remains unclear.

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