Newcastle playmaker Jarrod Mullen has been cleared of a major hamstring injury and will miss one to two weeks for the battling NRL club.
The 29-year-old suffered the setback in the Knights’ 36-4 loss to Cronulla on Sunday, sitting out the second half of the match.
Having returned the week before from a hamstring injury which had kept him out since round eight, it was feared Mullen suffered a recurrence of the problem.
However the Knights received some good news on Monday when Mullen’s scans revealed his injury was unrelated to his earlier issue.
The Knights have one win after 20 rounds and are languishing at the bottom of the ladder.
Since the inaugural NRL season in 1998, South Sydney have the unwanted record for the least amount of wins in a year with three victories in 2003 and 2006.
The Knights have been ravaged by injuries and hooker Danny Levi appeared to struggle through Sunday’s game with a back complaint which has to be operated on.
Levi was scheduled for surgery earlier this month however a rib injury to back-up hooker Tyler Randell left the club had no other hooking options and he was forced to play though the pain.
Levi is expected to undergo season-ending surgery when Randell returns in the next few weeks.