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A visit to a specialist has confirmed South Sydney halfback Craig Wing will require shoulder surgery followed by three months of rehabilitation.
Wing will undergo an arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction on Tuesday after dislocating his shoulder in Friday night's NRL season-opener against the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium.
The former Test utility suffered damage to ligaments and muscle tissue around the shoulder, but the prognosis is slightly healthier than the rumoured five-month recovery period.
"I'm shattered that I need surgery, but to look on the bright side I'm told I should only miss three to four months of footy instead of what could have been five months, which is a positive," Wing said.
"I'm going to work hard to rehabilitate the injury after the surgery and make sure I'm 100 per cent fit for a return mid-season."
Roosters hooker Riley Brown was cleared of any wrongdoing by the NRL match review committee in landing the shoulder charge which led to Wing's shoulder being dislocated.