24 Feb 2013

Johnson could be out of action for up to a month

3:18 pm on 24 February 2013

The New Zealand Warriors are set to be without star halfback Shaun Johnson for the start of the National Rugby League campaign after the Kiwi international hyper-extended his elbow in last night's pre-season win over Brisbane.

Johnson left the field midway through the second half of the 16-10 victory in Dunedin.

Scans today have revealed the 22-year-old will miss three to four weeks - almost certainly ruling him out of his side's season opener against Parramatta on March 9th.

Second-rower Carlos Tuimavave will be out for up to six weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand.