Rugby League


Canberra Raiders star Shaun Fensom cleared of serious injury

Canberra Raiders lock Shaun Fensom is a chance to line up against Penrith this Saturday after a specialist cleared him of any serious damage to his elbow on Monday. 

Fensom was diagnosed with a grade one elbow ligament injury after coming off the field in severe pain in Sunday's win over Souths. 

The 25-year-old will be named on Tuesday in Canberra's team to take on the Panthers at Penrith, and will undergo a fitness test later in the week. 

It's a huge relief for the club, which is already without star Test back rower Josh Papalii for the next two weeks. 

In another boost, second rower Joel Edwards will play against Penrith, pending a fitness test, after leaving the field with concussion early in the second half against the Rabbitohs. 


They are also without winger Edrick Lee for the season with an ankle problem. 

"I heard a big loud crack and a pop, that rattled me a bit,'' Fensom said on Monday morning. 

"I was facing down on my arm, and I could see it happen. 

"It was fairly painful, it looks like it subluxed and came out, then popped back in.

 "When you see something on telly and you have to turn away, when you see it happen to yourself [it's worse].

"It didn't feel too bad this morning, I stayed up last night and iced it."

Fensom's absence was sorely felt in the 24-12 round three home loss to Gold Coast. 

Regular prop Paul Vaughan deputised ably against the Titans and is likely to shift to the No.13 jersey against the Panthers if Fensom is ruled out.