Dallin Watene-Zelezniak ruled out for the season after suffering a collapsed lung

Another setback: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will not play again this season.
Another setback: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will not play again this season.

The injury crisis at the Penrith Panthers has taken another hit, with exciting youngster Dallin Watene-Zelezniak ruled out for the remainder of the season.

The Panthers confirmed on their website on Friday night that Watene-Zelezniak will undergo season-ending surgery for a collapsed lung.

"Based on medical advice Dallin received today, he will undergo surgery to alleviate the complications of his recent collapsed lung," Panthers head of rugby league Justin Pascoe said on Friday.

"We expect Dallin to make a full recovery and look forward to seeing him in action again soon."

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08:  Dallin Watene-Zelezniak of the Panthers scores a try during the round one NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium on March 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) Dallin Watene-Zelezniak

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak of the Panthers scores a try during the round one NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium on March 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) Dallin Watene-Zelezniak

In an interesting turn of events, Watene-Zelezniak had addressed the media earlier in the week where he said he was "feeling better than ever".

Watene-Zelezniak said he copped a knock during the Panthers round 18 clash against the Roosters.

"I guess it just took off from there. I felt a bit of pain," he said.

"On the Tuesday I was at training and it got worse and worse, so I went to hospital to get an X-ray to see what actually happened."

When asked about what happens when you get a collapsed lung, Watene-Zelezniak said he got very short of breath, couldn't really breathe in all the way, and had to take slow breaths.

Although surprised by the amount of media attention he has received, Watene-Zelezniak said he was grateful for all the messages of support he had received.

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