John­son’s try proves to be sea­son en­der

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

STAR War­riors half­back Shaun John­son faces up to five months’ re­cov­ery af­ter hav­ing surgery on his bro­ken an­kle.

John­son suf­fered the in­jury in scor­ing a try dur­ing the War­riors’ 32- 12 NRL de­feat to Manly in Auck­land on Satur­day night.

Af­ter step­ping through the de­fence, he got his leg jammed as he was tack­led while plant­ing the ball down.

He clutched his an­kle in pain and had to be helped from the field.

Scans showed he had frac­tured the fibula bone and had lig­a­ment dam­age, and he un­der­went surgery yesterday when he had a plate and two screws in­serted.

Coach An­drew McFad­den says the in­jury is a huge dis­ap­point­ment for John­son and ev­ery­one at the club.

“He faces a long re­cov­ery but he’ll have the best med­i­cal care avail­able,” McFad­den said.

John­son’s in­jury also rules him out of the Ki­wis’ end- ofyear tour of Eng­land.

Shaun John­son.

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