Sharks lose Johnson to Achilles injury

Cronulla’s NRL finals chances have taken an incredible blow with fears star half Shaun Johnson has snapped his Achilles tendon against the Sydney Roosters on Saturday.

The 30-year-old went down untouched clutching his lower right leg in the 48th minute at the SCG and was soon after carted from the field in a medi-cab.

No doubt in excruciating pain, Johnson kindly gave the thumbs up to the crowd from the back of the medicab before reports emerged of the season-ending injury.

With just one game left before finals, losing Johnson – who leads the NRL with 22 try-assists this season – is a disaster for the Sharks who will not have a second chance in week one.

He added another to his tally against the Roosters on Saturday night, but the Sharks trailed 24-12 when he was taken from the field.

The finals-bound side are already missing Matt Moylan, Wade Graham and Chad Townsend – the latter two through suspension.

Graham is set to return against Canberra next weekend.

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