Shaun Johnson to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks with knee ligament damage
Shaun Johnson is expected to be sidelined from rugby league for six to eight weeks after scans revealed his knee injury was not as serious as first thought.
The star New Zealand Warriors halfback was diagnosed with a ruptured posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee which won't require surgery, the club said in a statement on Monday.
With seven rounds left in the National Rugby League season it still leaves Johnson in serious doubt to play any more games for the Auckland club in 2017, but his prospects of featuring for the Kiwis at the World Cup in New Zealand and Australia starting on October 27 appear much brighter.
Initial diagnosis suggested the 26-year-old may have suffered season-ending damage to the anterior cruciate ligament when he fell the ground in agony early in the second half of the Warriors' 34-22 defeat to Penrith on Friday night, which saw them slip to 11th on the ladder.
"This is a much better outcome than we had expected," Warriors team doctor John Mayhew said.
"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."