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Warrior Johnson managing thigh injury

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/06/2016

Shaun Johnson © Getty Images Shaun Johnson Star halfback Shaun Johnson will get some welcome respite when the Warriors have their second NRL bye next week.

Johnson has been nursing a quad strain over the past two matches and is again managing the injury ahead of the clash with the Gold Coast Titans in Auckland on Saturday.

He says the thigh remains sore but was getting better every day.

"It's one of those things that you get it just good enough to play the game and I've been able to get through the last couple," he said.

"The staff here are doing a terrific job of looking after me and giving me the chance to play."

Johnson is looking forward to the extra rest and recovery that will come with the bye before the Warriors travel to Perth to face Manly.

"I've been pushing for the last two to three weeks now and one more to go."

The injury meant Johnson has handed over the goal-kicking duties to hooker Issac Luke in each of the past two rounds.

He said the twinge did not restrict him too much during a match and he felt it mainly when sprinting or kicking for position.

"Obviously the kicking is a big part of my game," he said.

"The first couple might be alright, but then I might have to do a sprint and I sort of feel it.

"Then, at the back end of that, I maybe put a long kick in, and that's when it really affects me, but it hasn't affected me enough to pull me off the field."

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