Canterbury Bulldogs forward Joe Stimson is facing up to six months out after having shoulder reconstruction surgery.
Stimson tore the front of his shoulder joint during the Bulldogs’ Round Two clash against North Queensland Cowboys in March.
He will face a second surgery in two weeks after his first operation yesterday. The Bulldogs say it will be between five and six months before he returns to action.
Meanwhile, Kieran Foran will return to non-contract training next week after dislocating his shoulder playing for New Zealand against Great Britain. He will be meeting with the surgeon to reassess next month.
Finally, Chris Smith is still six weeks away from a return, as he continues to recover from MCL reconstruction. He completely tore his MCL and suffered a partial tear in his ACL during the All Stars game back in February.