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Injury Update: Waqa Blake

Panthers centre Waqa Blake will be sidelined for at least eight weeks following confirmation he requires surgery for his syndesmosis injury.

The 23-year-old suffered the right ankle injury after being tackled in the second half of last Sunday's victory over Parramatta.

It was initially hoped Blake could avoid surgery and target a return to action within four weeks, however specialist medical advice has indicated going under the knife is his best option for a full recovery.

Panthers coach Anthony Griffin has opted to shift Isaah Yeo to the centres for Sunday's showdown with Gold Coast Titans at Panthers Stadium.