Johnson and Reynolds injured, but no round one concern

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The Warriors believe Shaun Johnson will be fine to start the NRL season, despite an ankle sprain.
The Warriors believe Shaun Johnson will be fine to start the NRL season, despite an ankle sprain.

The Warriors are confident Shaun Johnson will be fine to start the NRL season, despite suffering a moderate ankle sprain at training.

Johnson left Warriors training last week in a moon boot after going down hurt, and was sent for scans on Friday.

Those tests have shown some damage, just six and a half weeks out from the club’s season opener against the Sharks.

But in a statement, a club official said Johnson would be fine to play in the Auckland match.

“It was confirmed today that he has a moderate ankle sprain, but is in no doubt for the match against the Sharks,” the spokesman said.

The 33-year-old’s injury does mean he would be unlikely to play in the Warriors’ pre-season fixtures.

Johnson was the feel-good story of last season, with the playmaker narrowly missing out on the Dally M while taking his club to a preliminary final.

The halfback topped the NRL for try assists, and earned himself a one-year contract after at one stage believing retirement was likely.

Losing Johnson for the start of the season would have come as a huge blow for the Warriors, who have Te Maire Martin, the fit-again Luke Metcalfe and returning Chanel Harsis-Tavita as halves options.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has also returned to the squad, and will play in the backline.

Adam Reynolds
The Broncos are confident star halfback Adam Reynolds will not be sidelined by a foot injury. (Dave Hunt/AAP PHOTOS)

Meanwhile, Brisbane are confident Adam Reynolds will not be sidelined by a foot injury.

The Broncos halfback limped from training on Monday, before scans showed a foot muscle strain.

The 33-year-old is not expected to be sidelined from training for any more than a few days, with Brisbane’s first game against the Sydney Roosters in Las Vegas on March 2.

“We’ll see how Adam pulls up over the next 24 hours, but he is a quick healer and we expect him to be back running in the coming days,” Broncos performance boss Dave Ballard said

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