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Penrith Panthers prop forward Adam Woolnough will be sidelined for up to two months following a knee injury suffered in the Panthers 30-8 win over Wests on Monday night. The former Newcastle player had torn his medial ligament and will require 'minor' cartilage surgery. Initial fears were that the injury could have ended Woolnough's season.
In other news, Brisbane Broncos five-eighth and skipper Darren Lockyer has been urged to rest his knee by one of the country's most qualified physiotherapists.
Scans reveal that Lockyer's reconstructed left knee was suffering from post operative 'wear and tear' behind his patella.
"Brisbane would be better off resting him now for a month or so, settling the knee down and getting it totally relaxed and strong," said Lindsay Trigar who spent eight years working with the Broncos and 12 seasons with cricket's Queensland Bulls.
Meanwhile, Sydney Roosters prop David Shillington has been demoted to NSW Cup after arriving late to a morning training session. He confessed to team officials his tardiness was a result of drinking alcohol.
Roosters players signed a deal earlier this season where they can only drink on the day immediately following a game and after they've done recovery.
Also in the Roosters camp, Anthony Minichiello has been ruled out indefinitely after suffering back pain following last Friday's 40-12 victory over the Bulldogs.
Minnichiello has been cleared of any damage by MRI scans, but as a precautionary measure, and given his history of back-related troubles, coach Brad Fittler ordered him to stand down until the former Test fullback is completely pain-free.