9 Sep 2008

Johnson doubtful for Storm against Warriors

8:15 am on 9 September 2008

The Melbourne Storm are likely to be without backrower Dallas Johnson for their National Rugby League qualifying final against the New Zealand Warriors in Melbourne on Sunday.

Johnson injured his knee in the Storm's 42-4 win over South Sydney last weekend.

The Storm high-performance unit manager Mary Toomey says the injury was at the lower end of the scale of grade-two medial ligament strains and that it is likely that he'll miss this weekend's game but should be fit to play by next week.

If the Storm loses on Sunday, it will have a cut-throat final the following week, or, if it wins this week, its next match will be the preliminary final in a fortnight.