Former Queensland captain Gordon Tallis believes the injury to Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen (pictured) could be a blessing in disguise for the Sharks.

Gallen sustained the knee injury in the nailbiting loss to the Cowboys on Saturday night and after surgery on Monday, is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks.

Tallis believes if anything,  the time on the sideline will ensure the club has a rested skipper ready for a legitimate tilt at the NRL premiership.