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Canberra Raiders tough guy Shaun Fensom trains on with broken arm

Canberra Raiders lock Shaun Fensom's reputation as one of the NRL's tough guys continues to grow after he lifted weights the day after breaking his left arm at training on Thursday. 

Shaun Fensom broke his arm at training last week, but still did a weights session the next day.
Shaun Fensom broke his arm at training last week, but still did a weights session the next day. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Fensom exited early from a field scrimmage in pain, but still turned up to Raiders HQ the next day.

The 27-year-old had a plate inserted in his arm on Monday to stabilise the fracture, and no longer requires a cast. 

Shaun Fensom will be out of action for four to six weeks.
Shaun Fensom will be out of action for four to six weeks. Photo: Matt Bedford

"It was an undisplaced fracture after the field session, and during the weights session he fractured it right through and displaced it," Raiders physiotherapist Konrad Schultz said. 

The good news is Fensom is expected to be sidelined for only five to six weeks, and is in no danger of missing any games next year. 

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He will still train and is scheduled to recommence contact training in the week before the Auckland Nines. 

"He broke his arm, but he won't miss the start of the season," Canberra coach Ricky Stuart said. "He hurt his arm in a scrimmage and was in a fair bit of pain, and couldn't lift much. 

Shaun Fensom made a remarkably quick return from an ACL tear in late 2014.
Shaun Fensom made a remarkably quick return from an ACL tear in late 2014.  Photo: Melissa Adams

"Fenno came back in the next day and started weights, but he was in a lot of discomfort. He did a couple of lifts and went for a certain exercise where he had to pull a fair weight, and his arm snapped. 

"Fenno is one of the few in our group who wouldn't know he'd broken his arm, his pain threshold is amazing."

Stuart doesn't expect the injury to be a significant setback, given the huge work rate Fensom churns through every game.

Fensom virtually had to be forced off the field by trainers when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in round 21, 2014 against the Warriors.

He defied all odds by making a miraculous six-month recovery to be fit for the start of the season, three months ahead of schedule. 

Fensom also played against Gold Coast in early 2013, despite breaking his wrist in the previous round.

"If it was to be any player you'd want it to be Fenno because of the work he does through the season, [the] extra bit of rest won't affect him one bit," Stuart said. 

"He had a plate put in yesterday [Monday] and he'll be back for our trial [against Newcastle at Orange on February 20]."

It will be the Raiders' only trial before the season proper, but Stuart said the preparation was not dissimilar to last season.  

"I only played a few first graders in the trial [against Melbourne] at Griffith, and then trial [with full strength squad against Newcastle] at Seiffert Oval," he said. "I don't pay too much attention to trials, it's more about getting some match fitness and cohesion."

The Raiders players started their Christmas break after training on Tuesday, and will return on January 6.