South Sydney's chances of arresting their string of losses received a major boost ahead of Thursday's match against the Wests Tigers when centre Braidon Burns and halfback Adam Reynolds completed Monday's training session.
Reynolds had a small hairline fracture in a lower back vertebrae and has missed the past two matches against Knights and Panthers. He had the week off for rep round, but it was still a surprise to see him ordering his troops around Redfern Oval.
Rabbitohs officials said the main issue in getting Reynolds back on the park had been pain management. But as the bone has healed quickly, that has helped.
Burns has not played since the round three win over the Titans, due to a serious hamstring tear.
The left-side centre also looked fresh and spritely as he completed the full Monday session.
"They got through the session pretty well today," said back rower John Sutton.
"I don't know what the coach [Wayne Bennett] is thinking with the team as yet but come Thursday we'll have a good idea of how they pulled up.
"It was one of those injuries for Reyno that you have to make sure he's ready to go or you could make it worse," he said. "He trained well and hopefully he pulls up alright and plays with us on Thursday."
The round 15 match at Bankwest Stadium should also see the return of George Burgess after a stomach illness kept him out of the 19-18 loss to the Panthers in round 14. The Rabbitohs were missing all three Burgess brothers at ANZ Stadium that night with Sam (shoulder) and Tom (ankle) undergoing clean-up surgeries.
Souths would like all hands back on deck to halt the slide of three straight losses.
"Obviously we've lost the last few games but I thought our defence against Penrith was pretty good," centre James Roberts said.
"We've just to keep working on that. Looks like we get Reynolds back this week so it will be a lot easier moving the ball around in attack.
"I wasn't too sure how long he was supposed to be out for but it's good to get him back this weekend. He's got one of the best kicking games in the competition and I think that will work well with me on certain plays.
"He helps us to play greater pressure on teams, which we've sort of lacked in the last few weeks."
Match: Wests Tigers v Rabbitohs
Round 15 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
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Meanwhile the Rabbitohs announced on Tuesday that Rhys Kennedy had been released from his contract to join another NRL club.
The 24-year-old prop made his debut against Gold Coast in round three this year and played his second match in the round 14 loss to the Panthers.