Scans have confirmed Wests Tigers utility Dene Halatau will endure a lengthy stint on the sideline after suffering an ankle injury in last night’s trial match against Penrith.

The results of the scans showed Halatau suffered a broken ankle, as well as a syndesmosis injury and will miss between four to five months of football.

The injury occurred in the 58th minute of the match, with Halatau taking a hit-up close to the Panthers line.

It was a cruel blow in what was the experienced forward’s first game back in Wests Tigers colours since 2009.

Halatau will undergo surgery on his left ankle tonight.

The injury was disappointing on an otherwise positive trial match for Wests Tigers, with Mick Potter’s side scoring a 32-8 victory over the Panthers at Kirkham Oval.