Casualty Ward: Gallen struggling as Dugan trains

Casualty Ward: Gallen struggling as Dugan trains

Cronulla co-captain Paul Gallen is struggling to overcome his shoulder injury, training away from the main Sharks team at their session at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Tuesday morning.

Gallen, who was cleared of a fracture or tear to his rotator cuff, was favouring his left arm while running at Shark Park and did not participate in the teamwork drills.

He is racing the clock to be fit for the grand final qualifier at AAMI Park on Friday night, and will have to pass a full fitness test at Thursday's captain's run in Sydney if he is to fly out for Melbourne that day.

Josh Dugan (shoulder) meanwhile participated in contact portions of the session and is firming to play. His availability leaves coach Shane Flanagan with a difficult call to make on his back line against the Storm, with Jesse Ramien and Edrick Lee performing well on Dugan's right edge.

Veteran Luke Lewis also pulled up well from a corked calf that forced him off against Penrith and will be fit to play. 

Here's all the latest injury news for the four remaining clubs in the Telstra Premiership finals series and confirmed off-season surgery news elsewhere in the league

Cronulla Sharks

Paul Gallen is pushing to be fit for Friday's grand final qualifier but is struggling to overcome the soreness in his left shoulder. Luke Lewis has been cleared to play but Josh Dugan is a 50-50 proposition.

Paul Gallen (shoulder, preliminary final/grand final)
Luke Lewis (leg, preliminary final)
Jack Williams (pectoral, season)

Wade Graham (knee, season)
Josh Dugan (shoulder, preliminary final/grand final)

Melbourne Storm

Nelson Asofa-Solomona (ankle, finals week three)
Will Chambers (suspension, finals week three)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Adam Doueihi (knee, season)
Richie Kennar (foot, indefinite)

Sydney Roosters

Roosters prop Siosiua Taukeiaho has been cleared of a serious ankle injury with the club confident he'll be fit for the side's preliminary final against South Sydney.

Scans confirmed the Tongan international suffered a lateral ligament strain but is not expected to miss any game time with the Tricolours enjoying a week off.

Dylan Napa (suspension)
Siosiua Taukeiaho (ankle, finals week three)
Latrell Mitchell (suspension)

Brisbane Broncos

Playmaker Anthony Milford will undergo a shoulder reconstruction. Teenage star David Fifita was booked for ankle surgery on Friday. He is expected to be back running in eight weeks and to return to full trainin before Christmas.

Canterbury Bulldogs

Adam Elliott played for three months with a wrist injury that requires off-season surgery.

Newcastle Knights

Kalyn Ponga is undergoing ankle surgery but could recover in time for the Kangaroos' Test against New Zealand if selected, after winning the Players' Champion award on Tuesday.

Nathan Ross is also scheduled for groin surgery this week with a two-month lay-off expected.

Penrith Panthers

James Maloney will consult a specialist this week regarding the neck injury that has plagued him of late, requiring pain killing injections before each game. Surgery would rule him out of Australia's two end of year Tests in New Zealand.

Halves partner Nathan Cleary (ankle) is also expected to go under the knife for a regulation clean out, while Viliame Kikau (elbow) will also do likewise after playing with ruptured tendons in recent weeks. 

St George Illawarra Dragons

Tariq Sims injured his knee early in the second half of the Dragons' final game of the season against the Rabbitohs on Saturday night and did not return to the field. 

Gareth Widdop is set for shoulder surgery after re-dislocating the joint in last Sunday's big win over Brisbane. The season-ending injury to Widdop will also put his international career with England on ice over the off-season.


Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was booked in for knee surgery on Friday after being diagnosed with a medial ligament and meniscal injury. His expected recovery time is yet to be determined.