Wests could be without star fullback Bronx Goodwin for up to five weeks after the former NRL centre was hit with a high-grade striking charge by the match review committee on Wednesday.
Goodwin will front the judiciary on Thursday night to fight the charge resulting from a collision with Helensburgh opposite Jason Raper in the Devils' 26-12 win over the Tigers on Saturday.
The incident left Raper, who was attempting a tackle on Goodwin early in the encounter, with his jaw broken in two places and saw him undergo surgery on Tuesday.
Goodwin was not penalised by on-field referee Andrew Astill but was charged after officials reviewed footage of the incident following the match.
Illawarra Rugby League manager Chris Bannerman didn't wish to comment on the incident ahead of the judiciary hearing but confirmed the grading of the charge on Wednesday.
"Wests fullback Bronx Goodwin has been charged with a high-grade striking charge following the round five match review," Bannerman said.
"A high-grade charge is in excess of 500 points under the judiciary base points index and carries a five-week minimum suspension.
"He's elected to contest that charge, he's pleaded not guilty, so he'll be fighting the charge at a judiciary hearing on Thursday evening."