Casualty Ward: Raiders and Tigers feeling the pain

Wests Tigers veteran Chris Lawrence is battling a broken hand and a hamstring problem and may struggle to make it back before the end of the season.

Lawrence injured his hamstring and broke his hand in the upset win over the Dragons and the 29-year-old will have surgery on the hand this week.

In more bad news for the Tigers it has been confirmed that Josh Reynolds will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

And the Raiders, already reeling from the news skipper Jarrod Croker will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his left kneecap against the Cowboys, could also be without halfback Aidan Sezer for this Friday's crucial clash with the Sharks.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart told that Sezer had been sent for scans on an injured hamstring and was in doubt for the trip to Southern Cross Stadium.

Having kept their season well and truly alive with the big win over the Cowboys, the Green Machine were rocked by news Croker would need surgery on his knee and wouldn't play again in 2018.

The loss of key playmaker Sezer would most likely see Blake Austin return to the starting side at five-eighth and Sam Williams shift to halfback. 

Meanwhile, Brisbane Broncos back-rower Jaydn Su'A could miss the remainder of the Telstra Premiership season after scans revealed a broken ankle suffered in the side's loss to the Warriors on Sunday afternoon.

The Broncos will seek medical advice with a surgeon on the next steps for the 20-year-old, who is off-contract at season's end with several suitors chasing his signature.

In better news for the club, Tevita Pangai jnr is on track for a return on Friday night from a hamstring injury, while NSW centre James Roberts is expected to return after being rested.

Injured Penrith winger Josh Mansour is set to return to the Panthers line-up in Round 19 after returning to full training with the squad last week.

The former Australian representative has not played since round six following a nasty facial injury but is expected to be named in Anthony Griffin's side on Tuesday.

NSW five-eighth James Maloney will be monitored with a toe injury before Friday night's clash with the Broncos.

Elsewhere, the Sharks could welcome back injured trio Luke Lewis, Josh Dugan and Jesse Ramien for Friday night's clash with the Raiders but Shane Flanagan is unlikely to risk Dugan's return.

Here's how the 16 NRL clubs are shaping up on the injury front.

Brisbane Broncos

Jaydn Su'A has suffered a broken ankle and could miss the rest of the season while Tevita Pangai jnr could recover from a hamstring injury in time for this week's game against Penrith.

Andre Savelio (knee, season)
Matt Gillett (neck/calf, round 20-22)
Payne Haas (shoulder, season)
Jack Bird (sternum, indefinite)
Jaydn Su'A (ankle, season)
Joe Ofahengaue (leg, TBC)
Tevita Pangai jnr (hamstring, round 19)

Canberra Raiders

Skipper Jarrod Croker is out for the season with a knee injury suffered a knee injury on Saturday and halfback Aidan Sezer is in doubt for the Cronulla game with a hamstring. 

Jack Wighton (stood down on disciplinary grounds)
Shannon Boyd (calf, round 22)
Brad Abbey (concussion, round 19)
Ata Hingano (ankle, season)
Joseph Tapine (suspension, round 20)
Jarrod Croker (dislocated kneecap, season)
Aidan Sezer (hamstring, TBC)

Canterbury Bulldogs

Raymond Faitala-Mariner (broken hand, knee, season)
Marcelo Montoya (hamstring, season)
Kieran Foran (toe, season)

Cronulla Sharks

Shane Flanagan admitted Josh Dugan could be sidelined longer than the anticipated round 19 return.

"It just hasn't healed as quick as we would have liked," Flanagan said after Friday night's win over the Panthers. "We want to make sure he's 100% right and that he doesn't come back for a week or two and then he's out again. He's back running but still some pain around the knee. I'd like to think two weeks with the possibility of one week."

Sharks centre Jesse Ramien was a late withdrawal from the clash against Penrith with a collarbone injury but is expected to return this weekend.

Josh Dugan (stress fracture, round 19-20)
Luke Lewis (calf, round 19-20)
Jayson Bukuya (shoulder, TBC)
Jesse Ramien (collarbone, round 19)
Kurt Capewell (finger, round 24)

Gold Coast Titans

Jai Arrow will return against the Knights after being rested in the Titans loss on Sunday night.

Max King (shoulder, season)
Dale Copley (hamstring, season)
Bryce Cartwright (broken hand, round 20)
Keegan Hipgrave (concussion, round 19)

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Dylan Walker (knee, round 19)
Lachlan Croker (ACL, season)
Curtis Sironen (knee, season)

Jack Gosiewski (broken arm, round 20)
Apisai Koroisau (foot, round 22-24)

Akuila Uate (ankle, season)

Melbourne Storm

Dale Finucane (thumb, round 19)
Sam Kasiano (knee, round 25)
Christian Welch (concussion, TBC)

Newcastle Knights

Knights centre Sione Mata'utia has escaped surgery on a fractured eye socket but will miss up to three weeks with the injury after leaving the field late in the side's win over Parramatta. Kalyn Ponga is unlikely to be rushed back into the side for Saturday's clash with the Titans.

Sione Mata'utia (eye socket, round 22)
Jacob Saifiti (shoulder, round 24)
Tautau Moga (knee, season)
Kalyn Ponga (hamstring, round 19-20)
Slade Griffin (knee, season)
Lachlan Fitzgibbon (suspension, round 19)

North Queensland Cowboys

Michael Morgan (biceps, season)
Jordan McLean (foot, round 20)

Josh Chudleigh (knee, season)
Sam Hoare (knee, season)
Matt Scott (neck, round 19)

Parramatta Eels

Tony Williams (knee, season)
Beau Scott (knee, retired)
Manu Ma'u (cheekbone/eye socket, season)
Will Smith (hamstring, round 21)
Josh Hoffman (shoulder, round 20)
Cameron King (knee, round 24)

Penrith Panthers

Reagan Campbell-Gillard (jaw, round 22-23)
Peter Wallace (shoulder, retired)
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (hamstring, round 20-21)
Dylan Edwards (shoulder, season)
Tim Browne (bowel, retired)
Sam McKendry (knee, season)
Josh Mansour (cheekbone, round 19-20)
James Maloney (foot, round 19)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Richie Kennar (ankle, round 20)
Greg Inglis (thumb, round 23)

St George Illawarra Dragons

Dragons pair Paul Vaughan and Nene Macdonald picked up injuries in the loss to the Wests Tigers on Sunday and will be assessed.

Jacob Host (shoulder, round 25)
Nene Macdonald (foot, TBC)
Paul Vaughan (cork, TBC)

Sydney Roosters

Origin trio James Tedesco, Latrell Mitchell and Boyd Cordner were all rested and are expected to return for Sunday's clash with Manly.

The Tricolours are likely to also welcome back Cooper Cronk (birth of first child) and Dylan Napa (knee). Late withdrawal Mitch Aubusson continues to battle a hamstring strain.  

Mitch Aubusson (hamstring, round 19)
Dylan Napa (knee, round 19)


Nathaniel Roache (neck, season)
Leivaha Pulu (foot, round 20)
Tohu Harris (knee, round 21-23)
Bunty Afoa (elbow, round 23)
Ken Maumalo (knee, round 19)

Wests Tigers

Josh Reynolds (shoulder, season)
Mahe Fonua (broken arm, round 21-25)
Chris Lawrence (hamstring and broken hand, round 24-25)