Shoulder injury puts Holmes on ice in NRL

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North Queensland fullback Valentine Holmes will be sidelined for up to a month after suffering a shoulder injury in Queensland's State of Origin III win.

The Cowboys star was substituted at halftime after coming down awkwardly on his shoulder just before the break.

Scans on Thursday revealed a grade-three AC joint injury.

The club says he will not require surgery and will begin rehab in the coming days.

"As it stands he's going to miss some footy, it doesn't require surgery which is a real positive for us, and then it becomes a pain management thing," coach Todd Payten said.

"On a personal note, I know how disappointed Val is, he wants to do his part for the team and he's unable too and obviously getting hurt in an Origin victory the other night is not the way he wanted to finish the game.

"When he's played well we've won our games, he's a big, important player for us.

"So moving forward, we make some adjustments. We've got several options, what we're going to roll out tomorrow we are yet to 100 per cent decide on that."

Holmes' injury is a massive blow for the 12th-placed Cowboys, who are on a four-game losing streak and in real danger of missing the finals.

He has been instrumental in their six wins this season with his running game and goalkicking, while also landing two crucial field goals to sink both Brisbane and the Warriors.

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