The Wests Tigers have suffered a massive blow ahead of their preliminary against the Dragons with experienced prop Todd Payten rolling his ankle at training.

The injury occurred while the Tigers were warming up for the training session which was closed at Concord Oval, and it has put the veteran forward in severe doubt for the match.

Payten needed help to leave the field and was rushed straight to hospital for preliminary scans to determine the extent of the injury.

The results should be known by later tonight.

Boom rookie Andrew Fifita is on standby for the injured veteran should he be ruled out, with John Skandalis on standby to make the bench.

It is said that Todd Payten was completing a regulation drill he stepped on and lost his footing on a tennis ball.

The Tigers already have injury concerns with Robbie Lui, Gareth Ellis and Robbie Farah all carrying niggling injuries, and all limited to minor training.

It should be noted however that in the 2005 finals campaign, Todd Payten played with a broken arm after receiving injections to ease the pain.

By ricky

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