Slater sidelined for four weeks

Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater will be sidelined for four weeks with a left shoulder injury after scans this afternoon confirmed he has aggravated an old injury.

The Australian and Queensland representative has an old labral tear of his Glenohumeral joint which he has managed successfully for some time. This is not the shoulder he had surgery on at the end of the 2014 season.

The injury was sustained in the first half of Storm’s win against the Warriors on Easter Monday and after consultation with the Club’s medical staff it was determined this was the best course of action to allow the joint to settle down and strengthen.

Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said: “We all know Billy is an extremely tough and resilient player and the fact he bravely played on against the Warriors is testament to that.

“In typical Billy fashion, he will do everything right in his rehabilitation to get back to playing for Melbourne Storm in four weeks time.”

A decision on Slater’s replacement for Sunday’s match against the Raiders in Canberra will be made on the weekend.

We return to AAMI Park in Round 7 to host the Roosters. Be there on Saturday 18 April, 7:30pm.