Storm's Hughes cleared of serious injury

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Jahrome Hughes will miss Thursday night's NRL clash with Penrith but the Melbourne halfback could return the following round after he was cleared of a serious shoulder injury.

The Storm feared Hughes could be ruled out until the NRL finals or even for the season after he appeared to dislocate his shoulder in Friday night's 32-14 win over Gold Coast.

He was unable to return for the second half with coach Craig Bellamy saying he was in a lot of pain.

But scans on Saturday showed he had avoided any major damage with the club saying he was likely to only be sidelined for one or two weeks, although will seek further diagnosis this week.

Bellamy will still be tossing up a new starting halfback to meet the runaway competition leaders in Penrith, with Cooper Johns or Tyran Wishart the likely contenders.

He will also contemplate whether he can leave Cameron Munster at fullback after the superstar collected a hat-trick of tries against the Titans.

Bellamy said Munster would likely return to the halves where he was more needed.

"I'm thinking it will be a one-off as we need him in the halves probably more than fullback," Bellamy said after the win.

"We all know what he can do when he gets some space and he likes playing there, to be honest, but I think with Hughesy's injury we might need him in the halves."

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