Warriors lynchpin Shaun Johnson’s injury may not be as serious as initially feared but it’s still likely to have been enough to end his 2017 NRL season.
A rupture of his Posterior Cruciate Ligament suffered during the loss to the Panthers will see him sidelined for roughly 6-8 weeks.
With just seven rounds of the season remaining and the Warriors currently languishing in 11th spot, it appears we have probably seen the last of the 26-year-old for this campaign.
On a more positive note, he should have significantly recovered in time for the Kiwis’ World Cup tilt which begins in early October, and will not require surgery.
“This is a much better outcome than we had expected,” said Warriors team doctor John Mayhew.
“We had believed the injury was likely to be an ACL but scans have indicated this isn’t so and Shaun won’t need surgical intervention to repair the injury.”
The Warriors now travel to Townsville to take on the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday, with Ata Hingano the likely candidate to step into the No. 7 jersey.