Wigan Warriors forward Tony Clubb is to undergo surgery to have a kidney removed after being left in so much pain he was unable to walk.
The former England international missed the second half of last season after having a cage inserted into his neck to correct a bulging disc.
And the luckless 29-year-old is now set for another spell on the sidelines, having been diagnosed with a kidney ailment.
He said in a blog on the Wigan website: "I woke up one night and couldn't walk I was in that much pain. I rang our doctor Chris Brookes and our physio Jo Seddon at four in the morning and said 'this isn't backache guys it's more than that'.
"They sent me for a scan and I saw a urologist who took a scan of my kidney and basically found out I had a kink in the tube leading into my kidney which had actually killed it off."
He added: "In just over a week I'll have the operation to remove the kidney and then hopefully I'll be on the mend straight after that.
"It should be a reasonable turnaround and I should be back in training in two to three months' time and quite a few athletes only have one kidney, many people are also only born with one so I'll be fine.
"It's a routine operation these days and hopefully I'll only be in and out of hospital within a couple of days."