Sharks coach John Morris will await the results of scans on key duo Paul Gallen and Matt Moylan after his veteran skipper broke the club record for games played in the 42-16 thumping of the Cowboys on Saturday night.
While Gallen (rib cartilage) and Moylan (hamstring) weren’t the only Sharks injured during the commanding win, they are the ones that will cause Morris the most concern this week leading up to the Eels on Saturday.
"It might be a bit early at this stage, they can be quite painful. He [Gallen] felt he popped it, we'll have to get a scan on it and see how he goes. But he's one of about three or four that had to leave the field," Morris said.
The rib complaint limited Gallen to just 23 minutes of game time in his 329th match in black,white and blue – a tally that moved him beyond fellow club legend Andrew Ettingshausen.
Aside from the injury, Morris said Gallen had gone out of his way to ensure the lead up to the match was about the team rather than him.
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"It was a big week for the club, he didn't really want anything done, he didn't want any fuss around getting ready for the game but we acknowledged it last night internally with the team," Morris said.
"His dad presented the jersey to him today so it was a big game for him."
Morris equally wasn't overly optimistic when quizzed on Moylan’s hamstring injury.
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"Matty Moylan doesn't appear to be good at the moment. We've got to have that scan on his hamstring, it's quite painful so it could be a decent one for us. Fingers crossed it's not as bad as what we think," he said.
Morris was quick to turn his attention to the round four clash with a Parramatta side that has shown early promise. Maintaining discipline for 80 minutes will be a key message during the week.
"Last week against the Titans we started slow and we just exploded for 20 minutes and then the second half wasn't too crash hot, so it's early days," he said.
"We wanted to get off to a good start [tonight]. Even though we didn't win the ball control, I thought physically we knew that was a good battle early with the big forward packs going at each other.
"They'll need to recover well this week to get ready for Parramatta," Morris added.