Casualty Ward Round 7: Injury floors Reynolds again

All the latest injury news leading into round seven of the 2018 Telstra Premiership.

Brisbane Broncos

Jack Bird has trained at five-eighth with Anthony Milford at halfback on the left edge at Brisbane’s Tuesday morning session. Scans have cleared Matt Lodge of a fractured rib. He played through a rib cartilage injury against the Warriors and will be on modified training duties this week. Broncos officials rate him a decent chance of suiting up against the Storm on Friday night.

Lodge’s availability against Melbourne depends on how “he can handle the discomfort” according to high performance manager Jeremy Hickmans, while Kodi Nikorima has been named to return from a thigh injury via the bench. 

Jordan Kahu (jaw, round 9-12)
Andre Savelio (knee, season) 
Matt Gillett (neck, round 16-18)
Matt Lodge (ribs, round 7-8)
Kodi Nikorima (thigh, round 7)

Canberra Raiders

Charlie Gubb (groin, round 9)
Josh Hodgson (knee, round 18)
Sam Williams (knee, round 11)

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Aiden Tolman (ankle, round 13-15)

Cronulla Sharks

James Segeyaro (concussion, round 7)
Sione Katoa (broken jaw, round 7)
Jayson Bukuya (groin, round 7)
Paul Gallen (knee, round 11-12)
Andrew Fifita (knee, round 7-10)
Wade Graham (hamstring, round 8-11)
Luke Lewis (cork, round 7-8)

Gold Coast Titans

Hooker Nathan Peats suffered a fractured rib against Penrith that the club predicts will keep him out for 4-6 weeks, though coach Garth Brennan says his tough hooker may be back sooner.

Dale Copley (hamstring) is also facing up to a month on the sidelines, while Morgan Boyle (head knock) will have to pass concussion protocols after a head clash with Bryce Cartwright.

Jai Arrow (back spasms, round 7)
Dale Copley (hamstring, round 10-11)
Nathan Peats (ribs, round 11-13) 
Morgan Boyle (concussion, monitored)

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Curtis Sironen (knee, season)
Kelepi Tanginoa (knee, season)
Jorge Taufua (collarbone, round 12)

Melbourne Storm

Sandor Earl is closing in on a comeback from knee surgery, well ahead of schedule. The 28-year-old winger ruptured his ACL in the pre-season and there were initial fears he may not play at all in 2018 but told melbournestorm.com.au he is aiming for Round 17.

Jahrome Hughes (shoulder, round 8)
Dale Finucane (thumb, round 9-11)
Cheyse Blair (knee, round 7-8)
Sandor Earl (knee, round 17)

Newcastle Knights

Tautau Moga (knee, season)
Connor Watson (shoulder, round 10-12)
Nick Meaney (ankle, round 13)

North Queensland Cowboys

Shaun Fensom has returned to training with the first grade squad as his recovery from a horrific broken leg in last year’s grand final continues.

Shaun Fensom (leg, TBC)
Kane Linnett (pectoral, round 13)
Jordan McLean (foot, round 16)
Josh Chudleigh (knee, season)

Parramatta Eels

Jarryd Hayne has been named to make a surprise early return from a quad injury that had been expected to keep him out for another fortnight, as has Kiwi international Brad Takairangi (eye socket).

Bevan French won’t play reserve grade after being dropped, instead taking an extra week to get his troublesome shoulder right, while Tepai Moeroa is also sitting out after a couple of head knocks against Canberra.

Jarryd Hayne (quad, round 7) 
Greg Leleisiuao (ankle, round 7) 
Brad Takairangi (eye socket, round 7)
Nathan Brown (ankle, round 8)
Bevan French (shoulder, round 8)
Tepai Moeroa (concussion, round 8)

Penrith Panthers

Winger Josh Mansour copped a head knock after colliding with Anthony Don’s knee as the Titans winger was trying to retrieve a Kane Elgey kick. Mansour is set to undergo surgery on his cheekbone once swelling subsides, with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak named to come back from his own fractured jaw  this week.

Halfback Nathan Cleary told Fox Sports he expects to start running next week, and is hoping for an early return, possibly round 10 or 11. Tyrone Phillips is well ahead of schedule in his return from a pectoral injury but Tyrone May (knee) has been delayed another month.

Waqa Blake (ankle, round 14)
Tyrone May (knee, round 9)

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (jaw, round 7)
Tyrone Phillips (pectoral, round 7-8)
Nathan Cleary (knee, round 10-11)
Tim Browne (bowel, indefinite)
Sam McKendry (knee, season)
Josh Mansour (cheekbone, indefinite)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Cameron Murray is rated a 50/50 chance of taking the field this week by the Rabbitohs after going down with a hamstring issue in the lead-up to their round six loss to the Roosters.

Cameron Murray (hamstring, TBC)
Sam Burgess (suspension, round 7)
Tyrell Fuimaono (dislocated toe, round 14)

St George Illawarra Dragons

The Dragons have a stomach bug doing the rounds of the club at the moment, with Tyson Frizell, Nene MacDonald and Jason Nightingale among those laid up by the illness, as well as a couple of staffers.

None are in any doubt for Friday’s clash with fellow high flyers the Warriors.

Sydney Roosters

Sio Siua Taukeiaho has been cleared of surgery after follow-up scans on the pre-game knee injury that ruled him out of last Thursday’s loss to the Rabbitohs. He has been named on an extended bench against the Bulldogs but was initially facing up to two weeks out with damaged cartilage.

Daniel Tupou (pectoral, round 13-15)
Sio Siua Taukeiaho (knee, round 8-9) 

Warriors

The Warriors have named Solomone Kata for their bumper clash with the Dragons despite ruling him out for a month with an ankle injury.

James Gavet (hamstring, round 8)
Blake Ayshford (back, indefinite)
Gerard Beale (leg, round 9)
Nathaniel Roache (neck, season)
Leivaha Pulu (foot, TBC)
Solomona Kata (ankle, round 9-10)

Wests Tigers

Veterans Chris Lawrence (hamstring) and Josh Reynolds (shoulder) have been kept on ice with minor injuries. Elijah Taylor has been picked to return from his own hamstring concerns against the Knights.

Russell Packer (knee, round 10)
Elijah Taylor (hamstring, round 7)
Chris Lawrence (hamstring, round 8)
Josh Reynolds (shoulder, round 8)

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