Vodafone Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson faces a recovery period of four to five months following surgery this morning after breaking his left ankle in last night’s NRL clash against Manly at Mount Smart Stadium.
The 24-year-old suffered the injury when his leg was jammed under the weight of Manly defender Tom Symonds as he was scoring a try just before halftime.
Scans established he had fractured his fibula and suffered ligament damage. He has had a plate inserted as well as two syndesmotic screws.
“It’s a huge disappointment for Shaun and for everyone involved with the club,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden.
“He faces a long recovery but he’ll have the best medical care available.”
McFadden said it was projected Johnson would be able to return to full training late in the year.
Second rower Bodene Thompson left the field with an ankle problem midway through the second half. The full extent of his injury is still to be assessed.
Meanwhile, back rower Ryan Hoffman is set to return from a calf injury for next Saturday’s home game against Cronulla while centre Konrad Hurrell will be available after serving a one-game suspension.
NRL REHAB ROOM
Charlie Gubb (shoulder) | Round 21
Ben Henry (knee) | Season
Ryan Hoffman (calf) | Round 21
Shaun Johnson (ankle) | Season
Ngani Laumape (knee) | Season
Thomas Leuluai (knee) | Season
Bodene Thompson (ankle) | TBC
Manu Vatuvei (shoulder) | Round 22