Returning club favourite Shaun Johnson has become the third player to face a stint on the side-line after being injured in the Vodafone Warriors’ season-opening loss to St George Illawarra on Saturday.
Scans and further assessment on Monday revealed the 31-year-old halfback has a minor pectoral strain which is expected to keep him out of action for up to four weeks.
In his first match for the club in more than three and a half years, Johnson had a hand in each of the Vodafone Warriors’ three tries in their 16-28 defeat by the Dragons.
He joins experienced winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and rookie centre Viliami Vailea on the club’s injury list.
Watene-Zelezniak broke his left thumb in the opening minutes of Saturday’s encounter but still played the full 80 minutes, a courageous performance highlighted by him scoring his fifth try in his 10th match for the club.
The 26-year-old will have surgery and is likely to be out of contention for six to eight weeks.
On his Instagram account, Watene-Zelezniak said: “Ah, the ups and downs of rugby league. I’ll be grinding to get back soon! Lessgooo.”
Vailea (19), playing his third NRL match, needed treatment after a knock to his left knee midway midway through the first half. He played out the full 80 minutes but he has suffered a MCL (medial collateral ligament) injury which is expected to keep him out of action for three to four weeks.
|Tom Ale||Knee||Mid season|
|Tohu Harris||Knee||Early-mid season|
|Shaun Johnson||Pectoral||3-4 weeks|
|Viliami Vailea||Knee||3-4 weeks|
|Dallin Watene-Zelezniak||Hand||6-8 weeks|