Rabbitohs' win comes at a cost
Injuries to Sam Burgess and John Sutton sour a 34-18 victory for South Sydney over Canberra at GIO Stadium on Monday night.PT1M17S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3cqq0 620 349 July 29, 2014
South Sydney captain John Sutton is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks with a knee injury suffered in Monday night's win over Canberra, but a minor shoulder injury to Sam Burgess is unlikely to see him miss any NRL action.
Both players suffered the injuries in the first half of Souths' 34-18 demolition of the Raiders in Canberra, with the Rabbitohs confirming the diagnosis as a result of scans this afternoon.
Sutton will miss between four and six weeks with medial ligament damage, and may require surgery.
Sam Burgess takes the ball up against Canberra on Monday night. Photo: Mark Nolan
However the news for Burgess is far better with the England forward set to play against Newcastle in Cairns on Sunday.
Sam said on Twitter he's been cleared of any "serious damage" to his right shoulder.
Burgess underwent scans on Tuesday morning. The English international was upbeat on social media after receiving the results, but gave no indication as to whether he still needed time on the sidelines.
"Scan results on my shoulder were positive this morning. No serious damage. Thanks for everyone's messages and well wishes. Back to business," he posted on Twitter.
Burgess, who's heading to Bath in England's top rugby union competition at season's end, has a history of shoulder problems.
While it was his left shoulder that plagued him in 2010-11, he previously underwent a full reconstruction on his right shoulder during his time with Bradford in the English Super League.
Post-match on Monday, Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire said the shoulder hadn't been dislocated or subluxed this time round but admitted the injury had Burgess worried.
"Sam is a bit concerned about it. Until you get the scans you won't know exactly what it is," Maguire said.
"Sam said it was sore internally. We'll have to play it by ear."
While the Rabbitohs jumped to second spot behind Manly with the win, Burgess's shoulder problem was just one of a number of concerns to their title hopes encountered during the match.
Forward Ben Te'o is also set to sit out Sunday's clash with Newcastle after being charged with a grade one dangerous throw for a lifting tackle on Jarrod Croker.
He'll cop a one-game suspension regardless of his plea, but risks a two-match ban if he unsuccessfully fights the charge.