Melbourne Storm has received some good news this afternoon on captain Cameron Smith’s injury.

Smith left the field early in the second half of last night’s 20-14 win over Canberra with a left pectoral injury.

The 34-year-old had scans on his return to Melbourne on Sunday, which showed only a minor tear.

Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said, “We were pleased to find out this afternoon Cameron has only suffered a minor tear to his pec, while it’s extremely unlikely Cameron will play this Sunday, given the player Cameron is and his resilience to play the amount of games he has over recent seasons, we will give him every chance to do so. Otherwise we expect him to be available for selection in Round 22 or definitely by Round 23.”

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In other news, Billy Slater will continue to be monitored this week after leaving the field on a stretcher in the 51st minute.

The champion fullback flew home with his teammates on Sunday, given he was unconscious for a period of time on the field, he will be closely monitored by the Club’s medical staff, with no decision on his playing availability for Sunday’s game at this stage.