AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 14: Shaun Johnson of the Warriors reacts after picking up an injury during the round 19 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium on July 14, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Shaun Johnson’s knee injury isn’t as serious as initially feared following confirmation today that he has ruptured his posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and is expected to be out for six to eight weeks.

Initial diagnosis suggested the 26-year-old may have suffered season-ending damage to the anterior cruciate ligament during the Vodafone Warriors’ 19th-round NRL encounter with Penrith on Friday night.

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

“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.”

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