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South Sydney prop Paul Stringer will be on the sidelines for eight weeks after MRI scans indicated he needs surgery on a disc in his back.
Stringer will go in for surgery on Monday after having had two previous operations on the same disc, the L5 S1 disc towards the bottom of his spine.
South Sydney Club Doctor Andrew McDonald described the previous operations Paul has had.
?His last operation was in 2001, having had a partial Discectomy twice before as well as a Laminectomy where bone is removed to give the disc more room to move,? Dr. McDonald said today.
?The MRI scan earlier this week has shown an extruded disc fragment which means a piece of the disc has broken away which is pushing against his spinal cord.?
Specialists have indicated that Stringer is likely to be out for eight weeks to give his back time to recover from the surgery.