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Newcastle Knights five-eighth Jarrod Mullen welcomed some good news after seeing a surgeon on Monday in Sydney.


The surgeon was able to confirm a partial avulsion of his hamstring, which means Mullen won’t require surgery.


“This is a much better outcome than what we anticipated following the initial scan results last week,” Performance Director Jeremy Hickmans said.


“The surgeon was able to look at the scan today and confirmed it was a partial tear.


“That means no surgery but a conservative rehabilitation program.”


Mullen, who was injured in the quarter-finals of the Auckland Nines, is expected to be sidelined for 12-16 weeks.


In other injury news, Adam Clydsdale (knee), Zane Tetevano (hand) and Clint Newton (bicep) are scheduled for scans on Monday.