NRL league leaders will have their depth tested with the absence of John Sutton.
South Sydney have confirmed five-eighth John Sutton will miss up to a month of football after scans revealed a left ankle injury after the Rabbitohs loss to North Queensland.
It is the second big-name that will be on the sidelines for the former competition leaders, with Greg Inglis still out.
After the Cowboys scored one of the upsets of the season, with their 30-12 win over the Bunnies, Michael McGuire’s men have fallen to second on the NRL ladder.
Despite losing two of the top players to injury and the prime position for the minor premiership, McGuire was confident the club had the depth needed to hit back with a win in round 22 against the Melbourne Storm.
“John will be missed but we know he will manage his injury professionally and our medical team will work with him to have him return to the field as soon as possible in the best shape possible,” Maguire said.
“We’ll announce our team tomorrow, but Luke Keary has done a good job coming on as a replacement at five-eighth in recent weeks and we’re confident in his ability to get the job done while John is on the sidelines.”
Unlike talented South sides in past years, McGuire has brought a defensive steel and a consistency in attack which has seen them go from contenders to front-runners in the NRL, in spite of their lapse in the past fortnight.