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Brisbane skipper Alex Glenn was a late absentee for Friday night's Darwin clash with Parramatta with the skipper withdrawn from the squad during the warm-up.

The Broncos are yet to announce why Glenn was unable to play but he appeared to injure a calf muscle - it meant Jordan Riki was elevated to the starting side with Rhys Kennedy a late addition to the bench.

Cowboys utility Reuben Cotter will be sidelined for 12-14 weeks with a foot injury but coach Todd Payten said it could be worse.

Payten said there's a new surgical procedure means Cotter can come back in three months, which is half the previous timeframe.

The Titans lost centre Patrick Herbert (calf) just after half-time and prop Sam Lisone (pec) in their defeat to Souths on Friday night. They will be assessed before the club sets a return date on their injuries.

Melbourne Storm star Ryan Papenhuyzen will miss this weekend's clash against the Warriors, and possibly longer, due to a shoulder injury.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named Nicho Hynes as Papenhuyzen's replacement with the club indicating he could be out for a fortnight. 

"He's tough and we don't expect he will be on the sidelines any longer than two weeks," Storm football operations coordinator, Ryan Hoffman said

The club has also confirmed Brenko Lee picked up another calf injury while playing in the Queensland Cup last week and faces another "few weeks out" in a blow for the Maroons representative.

Meanwhile, South Sydney have lost experienced winger Josh Mansour for at least a month due to a hamstring injury. 

Mansour left the field late in the side's win over the Wests Tigers with scans indicating a minor hamstring tear. The Rabbitohs veteran will be in line to return against his former club Penrith in round 11. 

Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson will miss 2-3 weeks with a calf injury, the club confirmed on Tuesday, after he failed to finish the match last week.

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Hodgson will join Bailey Simonsson (head knock), Sam Williams (ribs) and Semi Valemei (hamstring) on the sidelines this week in a blow for Ricky Stuart.

Elsewhere, Bulldogs forward Jackson Topine will miss at least a fortnight due to bone bruising on his knee in a setback for the promising rookie.

In better news, a host of stars have been named to possibly return in round seven including Sharks star Shaun Johnson, Roosters hooker Sam Verrills and Dragons skipper Ben Hunt

Hunt told earlier this week he was a 50/50 proposition to play with a training session on Wednesday to confirm his hopes.

Parramatta's Ryan Matterson is also nearing a return from a concussion via NSW Cup. 

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The Casualty Ward

Brisbane Broncos

Kotoni Staggs is ahead of schedule in his comeback from last year's ACL tear. 

The Broncos will take a cautious road to his return to action but he could be back as early as Magic Round in four weeks.

  • Jesse Arthars (illness, round 8)
  • Kotoni Staggs (knee, round 10-12)
  • Ben Te'o (biceps, round 18)
  • Alex Glenn (calf, TBC)

Canberra Raiders

Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad has avoided surgery on a neck injury in a boost for the club. However, a time frame for his return is yet to be determined.

Co-captain Josh Hodgson will miss 2-3 weeks with a calf injury.

  • Ryan James (rested, round 7)
  • Bailey Simonsson (head knock, round 8)
  • Sam Williams (ribs, round 8-9)
  • Semi Valemei (hamstring, round 8-9)
  • Josh Hodgson (calf, round 9-10)
  • Albert Hopoate (shoulder, round 11-13)
  • Harley Smith-Shields (biceps, round 20)
  • Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (neck, indefinite)

Canterbury Bulldogs

Bulldogs forward Jackson Topine will miss at least a fortnight due to bone bruising on his knee in a setback for the promising rookie.

Jack Hetherington accepted the early guilty plea for his head-high tackle on Valentine Holmes and will miss the next five matches.

  • Lachlan Lewis (head knock, round 7)
  • Jackson Topine (knee, round 9)
  • Jeremy Marshall-King (foot, round 10-12)
  • Josh Jackson (calf, round 10-12)
  • Jack Hetherington (suspension, round 12)
  • Raymond Faitala-Mariner (foot, round 18-22)
  • Jayden Okunbor (knee, round 20)
  • Nick Meaney (broken ribs, indefinite)
  • Christian Crichton (knee, season)

Injured players to be sidelined when play stopped by trainer

Cronulla Sharks

Wade Graham has again been left out of the side for round seven due to ongoing concussion concerns but Josh Dugan has been named to return.

  • Josh Dugan (concussion, round 7)
  • Shaun Johnson (Achilles, round 7)
  • Aiden Tolman (suspension, round 8)
  • Wade Graham (concussion, round 8)
  • Royce Hunt (knee, round 8)
  • Andrew Fifita (suspension, round 9)
  • Ronaldo Mulitalo (knee, round 9-10)
  • Sione Katoa (knee, round 8-10)
  • Jackson Ferris (foot, round 10)

Gold Coast Titans

  • Phillip Sami (head knock, round 7)
  • Anthony Don (hip, round 7)
  • Tino Fa'asuamaleaui (suspension, round 9)
  • Patrick Herbert (calf, TBC)
  • Sam Lisone (pectoral, TBC)

Players to be penalised for breaking from scrums early

Manly Sea Eagles

  • Curtis Sironen (knee, round 8-9)
  • Moses Suli (back, round 8-9)
  • Dylan Walker (hamstring, round 10-12)
  • Karl Lawton (Achilles, round 11-12)
  • Jack Gosiewski (foot, round 17)
  • Andrew Davey (knee, season)
  • Morgan Boyle (shoulder, season)
  • Manase Fainu (stood down, indefinite)

Melbourne Storm

Fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen suffered a minor AC joint injury to his shoulder against the Roosters and will miss this week's clash with the Warriors and possibly round eight. 

  • Dale Finucane (calf, round 7-8)
  • Ryan Papenhuyzen (shoulder, round 8-9)
  • Max King (Achilles, round 8-10)
  • Brenko Lee (calf, round 10-12)
  • Darryn Schonig (knee, round 15-17)

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Newcastle Knights

Hymel Hunt suffered a hamstring injury against the Sharks and was not named in the side to face Penrith.

  • Phoenix Crossland (knee, round 8)
  • Tex Hoy (hamstring, round 8)
  • Edrick Lee (foot, round 8)
  • Lachlan Fitzgibbon (shoulder, round 8)
  • Hymel Hunt (hamstring, round 8-9)
  • Bailey Hodgson (knee, round 9)
  • Mitchell Pearce (pectoral, round 14-16)
  • Dom Young (knee, indefinite)
  • Jirah Momoisea (Achilles, indefinite)
  • Chris Randall (wrist, indefinite)

North Queensland Cowboys

Cowboys superstar Jason Taumalolo is facing another 1-3 weeks on the sidelines after suffering another hand fracture, but not the one he injured in March.

Taumalolo, who hasn't played since round one, suffered the new injury at training.

  • Jason Taumalolo (broken hand, round 8-10)
  • Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (leg, round 10)
  • Reuben Cotter (foot, round 19-20)

Try decisions to be reviewed in background by Bunker

Parramatta Eels

Eels back-rower Ryan Matterson has been named to return via NSW Cup this weekend.

  • Waqa Blake (calf, round 8)
  • Ray Stone (shoulder, round 9-10)
  • Michael Jennings (stood down, indefinite)

Penrith Panthers

Coach Ivan Cleary said after Thursday's win over the Knights that Api Koroisau had fully recovered from his wrist injury and was ready to play but picked up a virus in the lead-up to the match so the decision was made to rest him.

  • Api Koroisau (wrist, round 8)
  • Eddie Blacker (hamstring, round 9-10)
  • Paul Momirovski (suspension, round 10)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

  • Blake Taaffe (ankle, round 8)
  • Braidon Burns (knee, round 8-9)
  • Latrell Mitchell (suspension, round 11)
  • Josh Mansour (hamstring, round 11)
  • Jed Cartwright (back, mid-season)
  • Brock Gardner (Achilles, indefinite)

St George Illawarra Dragons

The Dragons hope to have captain Ben Hunt (leg fracture) back playing before round eight after consulting a specialist.

Coach Anthony Griffin said Hunt was "a chance but not a good chance" of returning for the Anzac Day clash with the Roosters.

  • Corey Norman (shoulder, round 7)
  • Blake Lawrie (cork, round 7)
  • Ben Hunt (leg, round 7-8)
  • Cameron McInnes (knee, season)
  • Jack de Belin (stood down)

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Sydney Roosters

  • Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (shoulder, round 7)
  • Siosiua Taukeiaho (ribs, round 7)
  • Brett Morris (calf, round 7)
  • Sam Verrills (knee, round 7)
  • Lachlan Lam (knee, round 9)
  • Freddy Lussick (arm, round 11-13)
  • Billy Smith (shoulder, mid-season)
  • Boyd Cordner (concussion, indefinite)
  • Luke Keary (knee, season)


Warriors duo Peta Hiku (shoulder) and Adam Pompey (ankle) are both out of the Anzac Day clash against the Storm.

Hiku suffered a dislocated shoulder and is likely to miss at least a month.

  • Bayley Sironen (shoulder, round 7)
  • Euan Aitken (ankle, round 9-11)
  • Peta Hiku (dislocated shoulder, round 11-12)
  • Chanel Harris-Tavita (foot, round 13-14)
  • Addin Fonua-Blake (knee, round 19-20)
  • Adam Pompey (ankle, TBA)

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Wests Tigers

Wests Tigers youngster Asu Kepaoa suffered a season-ending ACL tear in Saturday's heart-breaking loss to South Sydney.

Kepaoa went down late in the game and met with a surgeon on Monday to begin what is typically a 6-9 month recovery process. 

Utility Billy Walters made his return from the same injury via reserve grade in round six.

  • Joey Leilua (head knock, round 7)
  • Shawn Blore (wrist, round 7)
  • Russell Packer (knee, round 10)
  • Asu Kepaoa (knee, season)


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