Better injury news for Vodafone Warriors

Vodafone Warriors prop Sam Rapira could be back on the field in six weeks after being cleared today of a potential season-ending knee ligament injury early in the second half of yesterday's gritty 26-24 11th round NRL victory over South Sydney at Mount Smart Stadium.

Fears Rapira may have needed major surgery were allayed after he had a scan today.

"His ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) isn't torn as we thought it may have been," said Vodafone Warriors doctor John Mayhew.

"Instead he has a dislocated patella. Surgery won't be required and with rehabilitation it's possible he could be back in six weeks."

Standoff James Maloney, who was forced off the field after only 24 minutes yesterday, has bad bruising to his back. He was moving more freely today and is rated a chance of being fit to play against Wests Tigers in Friday night's 12th-round clash at Campbelltown Stadium.