Western Suburbs captain Ryan Walker is awaiting more scans next week to confirm the extent of his injury but preliminary assessments have revealed three major fractures and a few minor ones nearby following a head clash early in Saturday's loss to Souths at Harker Oval.
The Rosellas playmaker said the pain was starting to subside on Wednesday and he may avoid surgery to repair damage to his nose, cheek and sinus wall.
"Still a bit sore but starting to settle a bit today," the 2017 Newcastle Rugby League player of the year said.
"As I understand it, I have one major fracture in my nose, one in my cheek and one in my sinus wall. Apparently there's a few very minor fractures around the main ones.
"The doctor didn't seem to think I will need surgery but I will wait until the swelling dies down and I see the specialist."
Walker, who was named man-of-the-match in last year's Newcastle RL grand final, said a return to the field in 2020 would be unlikely.
"I wouldn't think so," the 34-year-old said.
"Without surgery I'd imagine four-to-six weeks recovery. Just depends how I recover I suppose. Might be smart to sit the rest of this season out."
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