John Bateman was hurt in a tackle on Penrith back-rower Viliame Kikau

England back-rower John Bateman will be out for up to eight weeks as he requires surgery on a fractured eye socket, Canberra Raiders confirmed.

Bateman, 25, had been a star performer for the Raiders since his 2019 move to the National Rugby League in Australia, scoring one try in eight games.

However, he was injured in a tackle on Penrith opponent Viliame Kikau