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Melbourne Storm will be without back-rower Peter Robinson for this week?s clash with the Warriors, due to a knee injury that could sideline the hardworking forward for up to three weeks.
Robinson will undergo arthroscopic surgery tomorrow in a bid to clean out his right knee, which has been locking up over the past four weeks, substantially diminishing his ability to run properly.
?Peter looks to have a flake of worn cartilage in his knee and every now and then when he bends his knee it locks up,? Storm doctor Peter Baquie said.
?He has wear and tear in the knee and a flake of that worn cartilage is catching in the knee. The operation will mainly be a wash out and not a major intervention, so hopefully he will only miss a few weeks.?
Robinson says the injury is stopping him from playing to his optimum ability and with several players coming back from injury the time is right to have the problem fixed.
?The knee just seems to lock up when my leg is in certain positions and basically it?s stopping me from playing my usual game, I like to run hard and it?s stopping me from having the impact I would like,? Robinson said.
?We?ve got a few guys coming back which gives us a little bit of room to move and it?s pretty early in the season which is helpful - I?d hate to be having it done in Round 18, so I?ll get it done now and come back fresh soon.?
Meanwhile former Test prop Rodney Howe has had another strong match with feeder club Brisbane Norths in the Queensland Cup competition.
Howe was amongst the Devils? best players as Norths cruised to a 40-14 drubbing of Wynnum yesterday.
Howe could come into calculations for Sunday?s match against the Warriors after prop Alex Chan was reported for a high tackle on the Cowboys? Michael Luck, in the Storm?s 22-point win over North Queensland last week.