Warriors breathe sigh of relief as doctors confirm Shaun Johnson's injury not as serious as first thought

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The Warriors will be breathing a sigh of relief today after further tests today revealed playmaker Shaun Johnson's injury isn't as serious as initially feared.

NZ half Shaun Johnson sits out injured during Warriors and Penrith Panthers, Round 19 of the 2017 NRL Rugby League Premiership season at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. 14 July 2017. Copyright photo: Renee McKay / www.photosport.nz

NZ half Shaun Johnson sits out injured during Warriors and Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

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Team doctors have confirmed however that Johnson will be out for around six to eight weeks after rupturing the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

"This is a much better outcome than we had expected," said Warriors team doctor John Mayhew.

It was initially feared the 26-year-old had suffered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament during the Warriors 34-22 loss to the Penrith Panthers last Friday night, an injury that would have forced him out for the rest of the season, and a six month recovery.

"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," said Dr Mayhew.

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