Canterbury forward Joe Stimson ruled out for six months

Canterbury forward Joe Stimson has been ruled out for up to six months with a shoulder injury.

The 24-year-old suffered a tear to the front of his shoulder joint during their round two match against North Queensland and he has undergone an anterior shoulder reconstruction.

Stimson will have the second stage of surgery in two weeks and will be sidelined for six to six months.

Bulldogs half-back Kieran Foran will see the surgeon at the six-month mark to reassess his injury he suffered while playing for New Zealand against Great Britain last autumn.

Forward Chris Smith is still six weeks away from returning to full training after an MCL reconstruction due to a knee injury he suffered while representing the Indigenous All Stars earlier in the year.

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