Parramatta halfback Mitch Moses is set to make a timely return from a back fracture this week as the Eels look to right the ship after losing three of their last four games.
The blue-and-golds have just one win since downing the Bulldogs in round 15 and no top-eight scalps since besting the Roosters in round nine, and have badly missed Moses' direction.
The halfback played through the pain of a transverse process fracture in his back for almost the entirety of his Origin debut but says he has got through a couple of field sessions this week and his movement is not hampered.
"It feels all right; I've got through a couple of sessions," Moses said.
"We'll have a session today [Tuesday] and see how it goes. It was a pretty painful one. I've had some pretty bad ones before but it's definitely up there."
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Despite the club's recent struggles he insists there has been no pressure on him to rush back – but knows the size of the task ahead with the in-form Rabbitohs this week and Manly, Melbourne and Penrith to come.
"It's very challenging. We verse some really good sides, most of the sides are in the top six little block there. It's going to be tough," he said.
"These are the games you want to be playing going into the finals so it will be a good test going into the finals.
"Every game's huge for us, especially coming into the back part of the year. We've got to verse some pretty good opponents in the next few weeks so it will be a good test for us."
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Lock Nathan Brown welcomed the return of the No.7 but wasn't optimistic fellow middle forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard would play in the next couple of games thanks to a groin strain.
"Mitch is obviously a quality player and a leader in the side," Brown said.
"If you take a halfback out of any side they're obviously going to struggle with a bit of their direction but Jakey [Arthur] came in and did a job for us but obviously Mitch comes straight back in the team when he's fit and we're looking forward to having him back this week."
RCG had "pulled up a bit sore" however.
"We don't know how long he's going to be out for. He'll be on the sidelines for a few weeks," Brown said.
Utility forward Shaun Lane hoped the squad would be able to fix up some little areas that had been letting them down.
"Just that commitment to the actions we know are most beneficial for the team," Lane said.
"I think everyone was pretty guilty of a few short cuts on the field, a few small things that end up mounting up and getting out of hand for us then ends up reflecting on the scoreboard.
"Not drastic things we need to be worried about but a bunch of little things that if we fix up we'll be ok."