The Cowboys’ prized off-season signing Brent Tate will finally get to make his debut for his new club this weekend as he prepares to play his first game in eight months after his third knee reconstruction.

The former Kangaroos, Broncos and Warriors centre ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the Four Nations final against New Zealand last November and was expected to be out for nine months.

He will return ahead of schedule for the fourth-placed Cowboys’ Round 19 clash with a desperate Wests Tigers in Townsville on Saturday night.

Tate’s return is a boost for the Cowboys who are missing co-captain Johnathan Thurston with a knee injury in the final eight-week run to the end of the regular season as the battle for the top eight spots intensifies.

Below is the Round 19 Casualty Ward*. 
*Please note: The Injury list is subject to change, and players may return to the football field earlier or later than originally published. 

Brisbane Broncos:
Shane Tronc – Neck: Out indefinitely

Canberra Raiders:
Matt Orford – Groin: Out indefinitely
Terry Campese – Groin: Due back Round 22
David Shillington – Pectoral: Due back Round 20
Tom Learoyd-Lahrs – Bicep: Out for the season
Josh Papalii – Groin: Due back Round 22
Reece Robinson – Knee: Due back Round 24

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs:
Michael Ennis – Throat: Out indefinitely
Corey Payne – Tonsillitis: Out indefinitely

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks:
Albert Kelly – Leg: Due back Round 21
Scott Porter – Knee: Due back Round 21
Isaac Gordon – Groin: Due back Round 20
Kade Snowden – Lower Back: Due back Round 20

Gold Coast Titans:
Kevin Gordon – Knee: Out for the season
Brad Meyers – Wrist: Forced into retirement
Nathan Friend – Shoulder: Out indefinitely
Ryan James – Knee: Out for the season
Mat Rogers – Foot: Out for the season

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles:
William Hopoate – Hamstring: Out indefinitely
Tony Williams – Hamstring: Out indefinitely

Melbourne Storm:
Chase Stanley – Knee: Out for the season
Luke Kelly – Osteitis Pubis: Out indefinitely 
Sione Kite – Shoulder: Due back Round 20
Troy Thompson – Ankle: Due back Round 20
Todd Lowrie – Calf: Due back Round 20

Newcastle Knights:
Zeb Taia –Neck: Due back Round 23
Ben Rogers – Shoulder: Out indefinitely 
Kurt Gidley – Hamstring: Out indefinitely

North Queensland Cowboys:
Michael Bani – Ankle: Out indefinitely
Shannon Gallant – Groin: Out indefinitely
Antonio Winterstein – Pectoral: Out for the season
Scott Bolton – Calf: Out indefinitely
Johnathan Thurston – Knee: Out indefinitely

Parramatta Eels:
Joel Reddy – Pectoral: Out indefinitely
Justin Poore – Knee: Out indefinitely
Jacob Loko – Knee: Out for the season

Penrith Panthers:
Timana Tahu – Pectoral: Out for the season
Michael Gordon – Knee: Out for the season
Sandor Earl – Shoulder: Out for the season
Masada Iosefa – Hand: Round 22

South Sydney Rabbitohs:
Ben Lowe – Foot: Out indefinitely
Scott Geddes – ACL: Out for the season
Luke Stuart – Knee: Out for the season
Sam Burgess – Ankle: Out for the season
Roy Asotasi – Shoulder: Due back Round 25
Kane Morgan – Knee: Out for the season
Fetuli Talanoa – Pneumonia: Out indefinitely

St George-Illawarra Dragons:
Bronx Goodwin – Knee: Due back Round 26
Cameron King – Pectoral: Due back Round 20
Nick Emmett – Foot: Due back Round 20
Ben Hornby – Hand: Due back Round 21

Sydney Roosters:
Mitchell Aubusson – Shoulder: Out for the season
Daniel Conn – Neck: Forced into retirement
Martin Kennedy – Foot: Out for the season
Anthony Cherrington – Knee: Out for the season
Anthony Minichiello – Virus: Out indefinitely
Jared Waerea-Hargraves – Shoulder: Out indefinitely

Warriors:
Jerome Ropati – Knee: Out for the season
Glen Fisiiahi – Groin: Due back Round 20
Brett Seymour – Cheekbone: Due back Round 20
Lewis Brown – Ankle: Due back Round 22

Wests Tigers:
Lote Tuqiri – Ankle: Due back Round 20
Geoff Daniela – Chest: Out indefinitely
Matt Utai – Arm: Due back Round 20
Simon Dwyer – Neck/Shoulder: Out for the season
Ben Murdoch-Masila – Hamstring: Due back Round 21