SOUTH Sydney’s dream of having four Burgess brothers playing NRL together has been shattered with news Luke will be out for six months after hurting his shoulder in a training mishap.

The eldest of the Burgess brothers had surgery yesterday to repair damage to the labrum and capsule in his shoulder and is unlikely to be back until at least mid-season. Coach Michael Maguire said an innocuous incident at training last week ended in heartbreak for the 25-year-old. “There was absolutely nothing in it,” Maguire said.

“He just had a hold of one of the players and the player moved away and unfortunately it just felt like he had a dislocation within that shoulder and he came out of it worse for wear.

The Burgess brothers, from left: Sam, Luke and twins George and Tom at Coogee Beach. Picture: Gregg Porteous Source: The Daily Telegraph Burgess Brothers

The setback puts on hold the boys’ dream to play NRL together along with superstar brother Sam. The last four brothers to play a single first-grade game were Ray, Roy, Rex and Bernard Norman for Annandale in 1910.

Centre Matt King has had a slower-than-expected recovery from a broken arm suffered against Melbourne in last year’s qualifying final, having had complications with an infection, but is still hopeful to be fit for the first round.

State of Mind wish Luke and Matt all the best for a speedy recovery and it just shows how easy it is for a player to get injured