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Casualty Ward: Round 4 - Taufua to miss eight weeks

All the latest team news on who's in and out leading into round four of the Telstra Premiership.

Brisbane Broncos 

Broncos pair Corey Oates and Tevita Pangai jnr were the casualties to come out of the 9-7 win over Wests Tigers on Friday night. Both are set to miss two weeks with Oates suffering a hip injury and Pangai pulling a hamstring. Sam Thaiday received treatment for a nasty head gash but remained on the field. 

Tevita Pangai jnr (hamstring, round 6) 
Andre Savelio (knee, season) 
Jordan Kahu (jaw, round 9-12) 
Corey Oates (hip, round 6)

Canberra Raiders

The Raiders had no injuries from their 20-19 loss to the Warriors. Joseph Tapine could return in round four. Josh Hodgson told the Fox League coverage in the loss on Saturday that he is on track for a round 16-18 return.

Charlie Gubb (groin, round 9-10)
Josh Hodgson (knee, round 18)
Royce Hunt (knee, round 6-7)

Canterbury Bulldogs

Josh Cleeland (ankle, indefinite)

Cronulla Sharks

Jayson Bukuya left the field against the Eels and didn't return as a precaution with groin tightness. Josh Dugan failed to finish the game with an ankle injury but is not a concern. Braden Uele has overcome rib damage to play for Newtown in the Intrust Super Premiership over the weekend. Matt Moylan and Luke Lewis could be fit for round four against premiers Melbourne.

Sione Katoa (broken jaw, round 6)
Jayson Bukuya (groin, indefinite)
Braden Uele (ribs, round 4)

Gold Coast Titans

The Titans have a clean bill of health apart from off-season recruit Jack Stockwell, who is at least another week away from a shoulder injury.

Brendan Elliot (ankle, round 4)

Jack Stockwell (shoulder, round 4)

Manly Sea Eagles

Winger Jorge Taufua is expected to miss eight weeks after suffering a fractured collarbone. Dylan Walker is another week away from a return.

Dylan Walker (leg/ankle, round 5)
Jorge Taufua (collarbone, round 12)

Melbourne Storm

Kenny Bromwich was a late scratching for the Storm on Thursday night and will be monitored. Felise Kaufusi is a strong chance of returning in round four, according to coach Craig Bellamy. 

Sandor Earl (knee, season)
Kenny Bromwich (back, round 4)
Jahrome Hughes (shoulder, round 4)
Felise Kaufusi (hamstring, round 5)

Newcastle Knights

Connor Watson suffered a shoulder dislocation during Newcastle's clash with the Roosters on Sunday night and could be set for surgery, which would mean an extended stint on the sidelines. Chris Heighington was ruled out of the match with a hip flexor injury.

Chris Heighington (hip flexor, round 4)
Connor Watson (shoulder, round 10-12)

North Queensland Cowboys

Shaun Fensom (leg, round 5) 
Kane Linnett (pectoral, indefinite) 
Lachlan Coote (hamstring, round 4)

Parramatta Eels

Jarryd Hayne is be sidelined until round nine with a hip flexor injury. Bevan French and Kane Evans are both out until round six. 

Clint Gutherson (knee, round 8)
Brad Takairangi (eye socket, round 10)
Jarryd Hayne (quad, round 9)
Bevan French (shoulder, round 6)
Kane Evans (ribs, round 6)
Greg Leleisiuao (ankle, round 7)
Jaeman Salmon (neck, round 5)

Hayne sidelined by hip flexor injury

Penrith Panthers

The big injury out of the round was Nathan Cleary and the halfback is set to miss 10 weeks with an MCL injury. Jarome Luai is in line to make his NRL debut at halfback in Cleary's absence. Utility Tyrone May remains on track for round five. In better news for the Panthers, Tyrone Phillips is a strong chance of an early return from a pectoral tear.

Nathan Cleary (knee, round 13)
Tyrone May (knee, running, round 5)
Sam McKendry (knee, season)
Tyrone Phillips (pectoral, round 10)
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (jaw, round 7)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Campbell Graham (hand, indefinite)
Adam Reynolds (knee, round 5)
Tyrell Fuimaono (dislocated toe, round 14)

St George Illawarra Dragons

No injuries.

Sydney Roosters

Daniel Tupou (pectoral, round 13-15)


Former skipper Simon Mannering is expected to return from a shoulder injury as the Warriors look to secure four wins in a row to start a season for the first time in club history.

Gerard Beale (leg, round 8)
Isaiah Papali'i (knee, round 8)
Nathaniel Roache (neck, season)
Simon Mannering (shoulder, round 5)

Wests Tigers

Benji Marshall had scans on an ankle injury suffered in the second half of the side's loss to the Broncos and remained in a moon boot over the weekend. The injury is not as serious as first feared and he is a strong chance to play against Parramatta on Easter Monday. Marshall will be named in the No.6 jersey on Tuesday and given every chance to prove his fitness. Tyson Gamble is set to be named on the bench as cover for Marshall while Tuimoala Lolohea is set to return from a knee injury and could also be used at five-eighth if needed. Josh Reynolds is two weeks away from a return from his hamstring injury. Elijah Taylor is set to miss two to four weeks with the hamstring injury that kept him out of Friday's clash with Brisbane.

Jacob Liddle (shoulder, round 5)
Tui Lolohea (knee, round 5)
Josh Reynolds (hamstring, round 5)
Benji Marshall (ankle, round 4)
Elijah Taylor (hamstring, round 6-8)

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