Ian McCullough, AAP
Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has revealed daily rounds of treatment from his brother, South Sydney physio Eddie Farah, has been a key factor in his quicker-than-expected return to NRL action.
Farah was initially ruled out for up to six weeks after dislocating his elbow against North Queensland on April 12 and looked almost certain to be sidelined for the State of Origin opener on May 28.
However, the NSW hooker has been passed fit to face Cronulla on Saturday having missed just three matches and the 29-year-old said some brotherly love helped speed up his recovery.
"Six weeks was pretty hopeful at the time," Farah said.
"But I've worked tirelessly on my rehab with the medical staff here, my brother is a physio at the Rabbitohs and he has been treating me every night as well.
"I also did some experimental work with a man called Dr Craddock and that has really paid off. I've worked hard and it's paid off."
The return of Farah is a much-needed boost for Blues coach Laurie Daley in what's been a tumultuous week given the Mitchell Pearce incident and now headlines surrounding a relationship between his assistant coach Matt Parish and the estranged wife of high-profile media personality Ray Hadley.
Daley will name his side on Tuesday with the vice-captain a certainty to play, providing he comes through the Sharks game unscathed.
But Farah claims getting the Tigers' season back on track after two successive defeats has occupied his mind more than Origin.
"To be honest, my only real focus was to get back for the Tigers as quick as I could," Farah said.
"We've lost two in a row now and, with the amount of injuries we've had, it was important to get some senior players back.
"That is why I have been pushing so hard to return."