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Newcastle halfback Andrew Johns has been cleared of a serious neck injury and is an "80 per cent" chance to play in his side's NRL clash with St George Illawarra on Saturday night.
Johns underwent an MRI scan last night and was today cleared of any major neck damage by Professor John Yeo, a spinal rehab specialist at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. The scans revealed the latest injury is unrelated to the serious neck injury he sustained in 2003, with club doctor Neil Halpin declaring him an almost certain starter against the Dragons at WIN Stadium.