Sam Burgess cleared over shoulder injury

Sam Burgess cleared over shoulder injury

Sam Burgess feared the worst, for the second time this season, when he injured his collarbone in South Sydney’s NRL loss to Wests Tigers.

However the dual international has declared himself a certain starter for the Rabbitohs’ crucial clash with Parramatta on Friday, after scans showed he has suffered no structural damage.

“Initially I thought I had broken my collarbone,” Burgess said on Tuesday.

“My arm went dead right away, right down to my fingers.

“I have had two reconstructions in my right shoulder, it is probably just some old scarring in there and some nerves that were upset a little bit.

“But I will be right for this weekend. I trained today and I will be out there Friday night.”

Burgess suffered the injury in the first half of the loss to the Tigers last Friday night and didn’t return.

Television pictures showed him in significant discomfort and there were initial fears he could miss the rest of the NRL season.

There were also concerns Burgess may have suffered a season-ending injury after his neck dramas in round three against the Dragons back in March.

The Rabbitohs premiership winner admitted on Tuesday his form needed to improve as Souths seek to keep in touch with the top eight.

“The last month of football hasn’t been my best. I have been making some more work for my teammates with my errors and I am trying to fix that up,” said Burgess.

“That is one of the most enjoyable things about the game, it is my 11th or 12th season now and I am still working on holding on to the ball.

“I probably just need to take a bit more time. Some you can control, some you can’t but I probably just need to take a bit more time with the ball.”

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