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14 March 2015 Townsville, Queensland - North Queensland Cowboys v Newcastle Knights - Photo: Cameron Laird / Melba Studios

Newcastle Knights forward Robbie Rochow will be sidelined for approximately eight weeks after having back surgery in Newcastle on Monday.

Rochow hasn’t played since withdrawing before kick off in Round 4 and tried to manage the injury however after minimal relief, surgery was required.

The 24-year-old’s surgery went well and he is expected to be released from hospital on Tuesday.

He is likely to resume modified training next week and be ready to return from Round 14 onwards.