Warrington Wolves will be without influential halfback Chris Sandow for two months.
The former NRL star has been missing since limping out of Warrington’s victory over Wigan at the end of March.
Sandow has been to see a hamstring specialist in London, who revealed he will not need to undergo surgery, which would have resulted in four months out. However, the Australian will still miss a prolonged period of time.
“The first scan after two weeks is showing healing of the ligament, which is fantastic news,” said Warrington chief Tony Smith. “Had that not come back really positive, he would have had to have an operation and a four-month lay-off.
“The next big moment will be four weeks in when we get it scanned again and hopefully it shows more repair. We’re not sure how long it takes but it’s not going to be a four or five-week injury, it’s going to be an eight, nine, 10-week sort of injury if it goes well and the signs so far are that it’s going well.
“You miss somebody special like that. He was red hot, the stand-out player in Super League, but you’ve got to make do. You’ve got to get the next lot doing the job.”