Cronulla Sharks playmaker James Maloney fractures bone in his hand

Cronulla’s NRL top-four hopes have been dealt a massive blow, with five-eighth James Maloney set to miss at least three weeks with a fractured hand.

Maloney will undergo surgery on Monday and at the very best will miss matches against the Warriors, Canberra and most likely Brisbane.

The Sharks five-eighth appeared to injure his hand when being tackled late in Friday night’s 26-12 win over South Sydney, where he set up three tries.