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Injury update: Local junior sidelined

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs continue their preparations for the NRL restart date on May 28 with the club set to tackle the Manly Sea Eagles in the first game back since the competition was suspended due to COVID-19.

The team has been back training for two weeks and with less than a fortnight to go until round three kicks off, the Bulldogs can provide the following injury update.

Outside back Marcelo Montoya, unfortunately, suffered a grade two hamstring tear during training last week which will see the local junior sidelined for 8 – 12 weeks.

Meanwhile, Joe Stimson underwent the second stage of surgery to his shoulder last week. Stimson had a posterior shoulder reconstruction following an anterior repair a fortnight ago. The 24-year old will commence his rehab program in two weeks and will be sidelined for five to six months.

Chris Smith will begin skills and contact with the team this week as his continues his return to play protocol following a knee injury suffered in the All Stars match at the start of the season. He will be back to full training in a week’s time with a return to play date scheduled for round five.