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The Panthers will monitor second-rower Viliame Kikau and back-up hooker Mitch Kenny in the lead-up to their preliminary final clash with Melbourne after both suffered ankle injuries against the Eels.

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Panthers coach Ivan Cleary told the media post-match that Kikau had a gash on his right knee and had also rolled his ankle.

Cleary said the ankle injury appeared to be sprain and not a syndesmosis.

Kenny went down late in the game and had to be assisted from the field with an ankle injury.

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has confirmed star winger Josh Addo-Carr (hamstring) will be ready for the preliminary final on Saturday against the Panthers.

Addo-Carr was rested from the round 25 clash against the Sharks and then missed the Manly game in week one of the finals but the star winger should be good to go when the Storm host the Eels or Panthers.

In a major blow for the Panthers, Origin winger Brian To'o missed Saturday's final against the Eels in Mackay.

The Panthers said To'o was suffering from a "minor ankle compaint". It is unknown whether it is the same ankle that kept him sidelined recently.

It's expected that To'o will be right for the preliminary final.

Melbourne hooker Brandon Smith has been cleared of a suspected facial fracture following a head clash with Manly's Josh Aloiai in week one of the finals.

Smith was forced from the field for a HIA in the 18th minute and took no further part in the match.

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