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Late Mail: Round 20

Blockbusting Penrith winger Josh Mansour is no chance of making an early return from an ankle injury in Round 20. Credit: Robb Cox. Copyright: NRL Photos.
All the team news and changes heading into Round 19 of the NRL season. See how the changes affect the odds at Sportsbet.com.au.

Knights v Roosters

Knights: Newcastle's entire back three named on Tuesday has already been ruled out. Fullback Darius Boyd (personal), and wingers James McManus (foot) and Akuila Uate (knee) will be replaced by Jake Mamo on one wing and a pair of debutants in brothers Chanel and Sione Mata'utia, with 18-year-old Sione to play fullback and 21-year-old Chanel on the wing. Robbie Rochow (groin) is expected to play but Kurt Gidley (groin) is still at least a week away.

Roosters: Centre Michael Jennings (latissimus dorsi) is an outside chance of making an early return.

Broncos v Storm

Broncos: Of last week's suspended players (Jack Reed, Corey Oates and Daniel Vidot) named on an extended bench, Reed (ankle) is the least likely to return. Vidot could displace Jordan Kahu on the wing while Oates may displace Martin Kennedy on the bench. 

Storm: Melbourne are expected to be 1-17.

Panthers  v Sharks

Panthers: Winger Josh Mansour (ankle) is no chance of an early return but halfback Peter Wallace (ankle) will play. Winger David Simmons (knee) has been named to return from injury in the NSW Cup.

Sharks: Skipper Paul Gallen (biceps) will not be a late inclusion for the trip to Bathurst. Chris Heighington (calf) makes his return from injury.

Titans v Eels

Titans: None of Albert Kelly (corked knee), Luke Bailey (hamstring/hand) David Mead (hamstring) or Williams Zillman (hamstring) will play, although Mead and Zillman are pushing for Round 21 recalls. Beau Falloon (calf) has been cleared and Matt Srama (groin) is available for selection but likely to play Intrust Super Cup this week. Ben Ridge (shoulder/groin) is out for the season but Aidan Sezer (pec) is getting close to a return. Beau Henry (knee) is also fit to return early and could play Intrust Super Cup this week.

Eels: Will Hopoate (shoulder) and Tim Mannah (shoulder) are each pushing to be a late inclusion. Ken Sio (shoulder) played fullback for Wentworthville last week and could be a late call-up on the wing for Vai Toutai.

Bulldogs v Cowboys

Bulldogs: Josh Morris (knee) remains in doubt. Neither Chase Stanley (knee) nor Sam Perrett (knee) will play this week.

Cowboys: The Cowboys have no changes expected to the 17 named on Tuesday.

Warriors v Sea Eagles

Warriors: Centre Konrad Hurrell (concussion) has been cleared to play after leaving the field early last week.

Sea Eagles: The Sea Eagles have no concerns over their named 17 with James Hasson (concussion) cleared to play.

Wests Tigers v Dragons 

Wests Tigers: Chris Lawrence has been ruled out with an ankle injury, which is likely to sideline him for a month.

Dragons: Trent Merrin (shoulder) is unlikely to return this week. Dan Hunt (foot) is getting close to a return but is more likely for next week.

Raiders v Rabbitohs

Raiders: Jarrad Kennedy will again play in the centres with Brenko Lee (hamstring) and Jack Wighton (thumb) still out injured.

Rabbitohs: Ben Te'o returns from suspension but Chris McQueen (ankle) is still at least a week away.
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