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South Sydney utility back Adam MacDougall has suffered another injury blow, breaking his foot while preparing for the 2005 NRL season.
MacDougall, who missed much of last season with a torn Achilles tendon, sustained the injury when he dropped a weight on his foot during a gym session.
"He dropped a weight on his foot and just broke a small bone. It didn't even require an operation so he'll only be out for about three weeks," Souths chief executive Shane Richardson told League Correspondent.
"He can still do upper-body weights and he's fit enough anyway. He'll definitely be back for our Charity Shield match on February 19."
The accident is the latest in a long list of injuries and suspensions that have relegated him to the sidelines throughout his career.
He has made only 97 first-grade appearances, five with South Sydney, since making his debut with the Sydney Roosters in 1995.
During his 10-year career he has undergone two knee reconstructions, suffered a broken arm and foot, hamstring and back complaints and served two lengthy suspensions for taking steroids.
However, if his is able to return to the Rabbitohs' squad for the start of the season, he should notch up his 100th first-grade match against Canberra in round three.