New Zealand half-back Kieran Foran’s shoulder injury is not believed to be career-ending – but he may require reconstructive surgery.
The Canterbury Bulldogs star was forced out of the action after just five minutes during New Zealand’s 12-8 win over Great Britain at Eden Park.
Foran left the field clutching his shoulder following a routine tackle on Lions skipper James Graham in the opening moments of the game in Auckland.
He failed to return and although X-rays reveal there were no fractures in the joint, he may require shoulder reconstructive surgery for a second time after he needed it while playing for Parramatta Eels in 2016.
He will fly back to Sydney for MRI scans to reveal the full extent of the damage, but Bulldogs officials are confident he will bounce back from this setback.
Bulldogs chief executive Andrew Hill told NRL.com: “We’ve worked really hard with Kieran over the last two years and we’ll continue to work with him and support him,.
“It won’t be until sometime later this week that we’ll know the full extent of the injury, but we’ll be around Kieran for whatever the next steps to recovery are.”