South Sydney captain Sam Burgess will undergo surgery for a shoulder injury that he has been carrying since earlier in the year.
The England international will have the operation on his left shoulder after Friday night’s game against Newcastle.
Burgess hopes to use the club’s upcoming byes during State of Origin to miss just two games during the five-week recovery period from surgery. He will miss matches against Penrith and Wests, but hopes to return against Manly in round 17.
On his injury, Burgess told NRL.com: “If this was round 22 I am not getting it done but this is round 12 and I can’t carry it, I am in too much pain every day.
“I am missing a couple of tackles. I can’t train, I can’t do anything so I need to get it fixed.
“I am going for surgery after this week. I am aiming to get back after our second bye so it gives me a five-week period but I would only miss two games.
“This period probably has less effect on the team. Obviously I don’t want to miss any games but I realise I can’t carry it for the rest of the year. I can’t do my job effectively so I have got to get it fixed now.”
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