Jack de Belin's legal battles have coincided with the stood-down NRL star reportedly undergoing surgery for testicular cancer.
The shock news was reported by News Corp with the St George illawarra forward awaiting a retrial in Sydney over an allegation of rape, after a jury in Wollongong was unable to reach a verdict in the initial proceedings.
De Belin has not played a game the past two seasons after he was stood down by the NRL over an allegation stemming from an incident in December 2018.
It's reported that the 29-year-old found a lump in his testicle earlier in 2020 and had keyhole surgery in September - two months before his trial began in November - which was deemed to be successful.
De Belin's manager Steve Gillis told News Corp: "It's a private and personal matter.
"He's a very strong willed man and his focus remains on clearing his name before the courts."
De Belin trained with the Dragons for the past two seasons but coach Anthony Griffin said he would not be doing so in the short term as they prepare for the 2021 campaign.
Griffin said NRL training should be the furthest thing from de Belin's mind.
It doesn't impact me at all and I don't think it'll impact the club," Griffin said.
"Jack's been out of the game for two years now, it's a legal process I've got no control over and the club has not control over. We'll watch that and see what happens but, for me, it has no [impact] on how I operate or what I do.
"Right at the moment, it's something that's external to what's happening here. I get the feeling through the club that everyone wishes him well with what happens in the future but, in the end, he's got a legal issue he needs to deal with and the courts will take care of that.
"Jack and the girl involved are going through a legal process that's got nothing to do with me. If I had any control over it I might get frustrated but I've got no control over it at all." AAP
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