Johnson injury update

Scans have revealed a hamstring strain for Shaun Johnson, with the Sharks five-eighth set to spend up to a month on the sidelines.

Johnson was assisted from the field in the 21st minute of the Sharks game on Saturday night in a distressed state, with the scans confirming the fears of Sharks medical staff.

The news on Josh Dugan was more positive, with his scans indicating the problem not to be as bad as first thought. Dugan was a late withdrawal from the game against the Broncos after expressing concern over hamstring tightness during the final stages of warm up.

Dugan will work with medical staff and be assessed throughout the week however with the short-turnaround to a Friday night game he will be racing the clock to be fit, with his status unclear.

As for the other injured Sharks, all are progressing well with a return to the field for some expected over the next few weeks.

Wade Graham, in his recovery from a knee reconstruction, is increasing his training load weekly and is eyeing to be back either before or just after the Sharks round 12 bye.

Graham’s leadership and class will be a definite asset for the team once he has been given the green light to resume.

On Matt Moylan, his hamstring injury has also been recovering slowly but strongly, with the Sharks fullback still two to three weeks away, while Aaron Woods’ fractured right foot is now in a boot after having the plaster removed, with his rehabilitation continuing.

Woods faces around six more weeks on the sidelines.

After sitting out the Broncos game due to a suspension, young back rower Briton Nikora will be in line for selection for the Sharks side to take on the Storm on Friday night.