CHECKED OUT: Josh Dugan is treated during the Charity Shield match.
CHECKED OUT: Josh Dugan is treated during the Charity Shield match. GETTY IMAGES

Dragons to wait on Dugan knee injury

SCANS today will confirm the extent of a knee injury sustained by Dragons fullback Josh Dugan in the 12-12 draw in the annual Charity Shield match against South Sydney.

Dugan suffered the injury trying to avoid an oncoming teammate as he fielded a grubber in the 46th minute, immediately clutching at his knee as he fell to the ground in pain. He managed to play on after some treatment from medical staff, suggesting it may not be as bad as first thought.

Coincidentally, the 24-year-old New South Wales Origin representative missed the first four rounds of last season after injuring the same knee in the corresponding match.

Dragons coach Paul McGregor said Dugan was confident of heading to England with his teammates next Tuesday for the World Club Series. "I think he's okay. He wanted to play on there so that's a really positive sign," McGregor said.

Meanwhile South Sydney has come clean on its reason for dumping premiership captain John Sutton who missed the Charity Shield match as he recovers from a shoulder operation.

The club released a statement yesterday, saying Sutton and forward Luke Burgess, who has been released to Manly, were involved in an incident on the team's high-altitude training camp in Arizona last November.