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Defending premiers St George Illawarra are set to have a slight advantage over their rivals heading into the finals series with all available players due back on the field in the next two weeks.

The Dragons are awaiting the return of Mark Gasnier and Bronx Goodwin, but have no other players on their casualty list with three games remaining. Other key players due back in the next two rounds include Cooper Cronk (Storm), Roy Asotasi (Rabbitohs), and Lote Tuqiri (Wests Tigers).

All of the other nine teams still in contention to make the eight have between one and four players ruled out indefinitely or for the season, with the Warriors least affected and the Rabbitohs and Knights the hardest hit.

They are: Rabbitohs 4 (Sam Burgess, Luke Stuart, Rhys Wesser,  Scott Geddes); Knights 4 (Shannon McDonnell, Wes Naiqama, Zeb Taia, Ben Rogers); Sea Eagles 3 (Jason King, Will Hopoate, Vic Mauro); Wests Tigers 3 (Geoff Daniela, Simon Dwyer, Chris Lawrence); Broncos 2 (Ben Hannant and Jharal Yow Yeh); Bulldogs 2 (Michael Ennis and Martin Taupau); Storm 2 (Chase Stanley, Justin O’Neill); Cowboys 2 (Antonio Winterstein, Dane Hogan);  Warriors 1 (Jerome Ropati).

Below is the Round 24 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:
Ben Hannant – Hip Flexor: Out indefinitely
Jharal Yow Yeh – Ankle: Out indefinitely

Canberra Raiders:
Josh Dugan – Groin: Due back Round 25
Josh Miller – Collarbone: Out for the season
Matt Orford – Groin: Out for the season
Terry Campese – Groin: Out for the season
Tom Learoyd-Lahrs – Bicep: Out for the season
Trevor Thurling – Achilles: Out for the season
Dane Tilse – Hamstring: Out indefinitely
Glen Buttriss – Pectoral: Out for the season
Nathan Massey – Ankle: Out for the season
James Sturt – Foot: Out for the season

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs:
Michael Ennis – Neck: Out indefinitely
Martin Taupau – Ankle: Out indefinitely

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks:
Albert Kelly – Back: Due back Round 25
Jayson Bukuya – Ankle: Out for the season

Gold Coast Titans:
Scott Prince – Arm: Out for the season
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
Ashley Harrison – Elbow: Out indefinitely
Michael Henderson – Unknown: Out indefinitely

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles:
Jason King – Pectoral: Out for the season
Vic Mauro – Thigh: Out indefinitely
William Hopoate – Knee: Out indefinitely

Melbourne Storm:
Matt Duffie – Sternum: Due back Round 25
Chase Stanley – Knee: Out for the season
Todd Lowrie – Calf: Due back Round 25
Justin O’Neill – Back: Out for the season
Cooper Cronk – Foot: Due back Round 26
Anthony Woolnough – Achilles: Due back Round 26

Newcastle Knights:
Shannon McDonnell – Unknown: Out for the season
Wes Naiqama – Knee: Out for the season
Zeb Taia – Neck: Out indefinitely
Ben Rogers – Shoulder: Out indefinitely
Dan Tolar – Achilles: Due back Round 25

North Queensland Cowboys:
Antonio Winterstein – Pectoral: Out for the season
Dane Hogan – Groin: Out indefinitely

Parramatta Eels:
Joel Reddy – Pectoral: Out indefinitely
Jordan Atkins – Neck: Out indefinitely
Etuate Uaisele – Hamstring: Out indefinitely
Jacob Loko – Knee: Out for the season
Jeff Robson – Cheekbone: 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
Lachlan Coote – Ankle: Out indefinitely
Luke Lewis – Shoulder: Out indefinitely

South Sydney Rabbitohs:
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
Rhys Wesser – Knee: Out indefinitely

St George-Illawarra Dragons:
Mark Gasnier – Hip flexor: Due back Round 25
Bronx Goodwin – Knee: Due back Round 26

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

Jerome Ropati – Knee: Out for the season

Wests Tigers:
Geoff Daniela – Chest: Out indefinitely
Simon Dwyer – Neck/Shoulder: Out for the season
Lote Tuqiri – Quad: Due back Round 25
Chris Lawrence – Hamstring: Out indefinitely