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Brisbane prop Matt Lodge.

In another much-needed boost for the Broncos, prop Matt Lodge is set to return for Friday night's clash with the Rabbitohs.

Lodge trained strongly on Wednesday in his bid to return from a pre-season partial ACL tear that he re-injured at training after the round seven loss to the Titans.

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold is confident he will join back-rower David Fifita in the side. A final decision will be made on Thursday.

Fifita is back from knee surgery for his first game since round two but the Broncos will be without five-eighth Anthony Milford for four-to-six weeks with a grade two hamstring tear.

Brodie Croft returns from an AC joint injury after missing the 36-26 loss to the Sharks and will play alongside Tom Dearden in the halves.

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"The one for us to make a decision on is Matt Lodge," Seibold said before Wednesday's session.

"He has done warm-up and a little bit of contact and he will attempt to do the full session again today which he did on Monday.

"He has some bone bruising on his knee but we will wait to see how he pulls up tomorrow. We are pretty positive in any case with Lodgey, so there's some good inclusions for us.

"In other positive news for us, Dave Fifita will play. He has trained and he will start on the edge for us and is a big inclusion for us off the back of Kotoni Staggs and Jake Turpin coming back. Those guys have made us an improved side and David will do the same."

Brisbane forward David Fifita.
Brisbane forward David Fifita. ©Nathan Hopkins/NRL Photos

The Broncos were a much-improved outfit against the Sharks apart from the final 10 minutes where they leaked 18 points. The recent returns of Jake Turpin, Kotoni Staggs and now Fifita has Seibold confident a complete performance is imminent.

"[Fifita] is a big inclusion for us no doubt about it. He is a really talented player with a heap of potential as we all know. He is a great inclusion for us and adds some energy and intent," Seibold said.

"I think Kotoni Staggs and Jake Turpin have done the same thing. Kotoni has been really good the last few weeks and I thought Jake Turpin in his first game back since round three made us a better team."

Dearden is set to take a more game management role in the halves with Croft to slot into a more free-running role.

"Tom will play in the seven so he will get us around the park and that gives Brodie an opportunity to play what he sees,” Seibold said.

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"Brodie is a lot better physically from a week off. His AC joint is a lot better and I expect to see him play well on Friday night."

Meanwhile, Seibold said Staggs had spoken to the NRL Integrity Unit after a video of him in a private liaison emerged on social media.

"In relation to Kotoni Staggs, the club released a statement yesterday," Seibold said.

"Kotoni has had an interview with the integrity unit this morning. As a club and as his coach, I have no further comment to make. He has done that this morning and we will leave it to the Integrity Unit to handle going forward.

"It's really challenging, I don't want to draw too much attention to the case because I don't think it's the right thing to do but Kotoni's welfare is at the forefront of what we are trying to do.

"He is excited about playing Friday night but we will put some support around him there.

"My understanding is there is nothing Kotoni has done wrong. I don't want to prejudice anything further there, I will leave it to the NRL to handle."

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