Cooper to return, Brooks ruled out

North Queensland back-rower Gavin Cooper is set to return while a minor hamstring complaint has ruled halfback Luke Brooks out of the Round 25 match between Wests Tigers and the Cowboys.

C‌ooper hasn't played since Round 22 due to injury but has been promoted from the reserves to the interchange with Patrick Mago making way. Lachlan Coote is also a chance of returning, still named in the reserves, with Enari Tuala cut from the squad.

While the Wests Tigers No.7 won't be fit to take on North Queensland, Brooks should be right to play in his side's final game of the year against the Warriors at Leichhardt Oval.

Jack Littlejohn has been added to the starting side in Brooks's place with Joel Edwards joining the interchange. JJ Felise drops out of the reserves.

Updated Wests Tigers squad

1 James Tedesco
2 David Nofoaluma
3 Esan Marsters
4 Kevin Naiqama
5 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
6 Tui Lolohea
17 Jack Littlejohn
8 Aaron Woods (c)
9 Matt McIlwrick
10 Tim Grant
11 Michael Chee-Kam
12 Josh Aloiai
13 Matt Eisenhuth

Interchange
14 Alex Twal
15 Sauaso Sue
16 Bayley Sironen
18 Joel Edwards

Reserves
19 Ava Seumanufagai
21 Watson Heleta

Coach: Ivan Cleary

Updated North Queensland Cowboys squad

1 Ben Hampton
2 Kyle Feldt
3 Javid Bowen
4 Kane Linnett
5 Antonio Winterstein
6 Te Maire Martin
7 Michael Morgan (c)
8 Corey Jensen
9 Jake Granville
10 Scott Bolton
11 Coen Hess
12 Ethan Lowe
13 Jason Taumalolo

Interchange
14 John Asiata
15 Shane Wright
17 Shaun Fensom
18 Gavin Cooper

Reserves
19 Lachlan Coote
20 Kyle Laybutt

Coach: Paul Green