It’s certainly not ideal, but compared to a ruptured ACL, the results of New Zealand halfback Shaun Johnson‘s scans can only be considered ‘good’ news.
For those of you with the luxury of having healthy knees, the misdiagnosis is likely to have occurred due to extra ‘play’ in the tibia when performing the Lachman test, as a result of his ruptured PCL.
What the new diagnosis means for Johnson is that he won’t require season-ending surgery, and instead will undergo rehabilitation to strengthen the knee. The club estimates his absence at 6-8 weeks, though obviously you wouldn’t expect him to return for the last few rounds if the Warriors season is already over.
Importantly, this should put Johnson on track to play in the Rugby League World Cup at the end of the year.