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Star Warriors playmaker Shaun Johnson.

Star halfback Shaun Johnson will return from his knee injury in the Warriors' last home game of the season against Manly at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday.

The 26-year-old has been sidelined with a posterior cruciate ligament complaint since the club's Round 19 encounter with Penrith at home on July 14.

The Warriors were leading 22-18 when Johnson was helped off the field after 62 minutes. They went on to lose the match 22-34 and have been beaten in their five matches since by North Queensland, Cronulla, Newcastle, Canberra and South Sydney.

Partnering Johnson in the halves again is Kieran Foran, who left the field in last Friday's loss to South Sydney but has been named to face his former club in his last home game for the Warriors.

With Issac Luke named at hooker following Nathaniel Roache's season-ending injury the starting halves-hooker combination boasts 543 NRL appearances.

As well as welcoming Johnson, head coach Stephen Kearney has Ben Matulino back on deck after he served a one-match suspension last week. However, his return is offset by veteran Jacob Lillyman's season-ending bicep injury, which he picked up 36 minutes into his 250th milestone match against the Rabbitohs (after he'd made 108 metres from 11 carries).

As well as the Foran, Matulino, second rower Ryan Hoffman and interchange prop Charlie Gubb are set for their farewell appearances in front of the home crowd at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday.

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1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c)
2 David Fusitu'a
3 Blake Ayshford
4 Solomone Kata
5 Ken Maumalo
6 Kieran Foran
7 Shaun Johnson
8 Ben Matulino
9 Issac Luke
10 Sam Lisone
11 Bunty Afoa
12 Ryan Hoffman
13 Simon Mannering
14 Mafoa'aeata Hingano
15 Charlie Gubb
16 Isaiah Papali'i
17 Jazz Tevaga
18 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
20 Chris Satae
21 James Bell
22 Mason Lino

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