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Panthers winger Brian To'o.

Penrith are hopeful that Viliame Kikau, Brian To'o and Tyrone May will all be fit for Saturday's preliminary final against Melbourne after the trio trained on Tuesday.

Winger To'o, who missed last week's win over Parramatta with an ankle issue, has been named as a reserve for the clash in Brisbane.

Kikau (leg laceration and ankle sprain) didn't take part in a pool session on Monday but the second-rower was on the field for their most recent tune-up, according to five-eighth Jarome Luai.

May, who hasn't played since round 25 due to a knee injury, has been named on the bench in a swap with utility Mitch Kenny (ankle).

"Everyone trained today," Luai said.

"Kiks is still sooking about his cut a bit. He'll be sweet this weekend. The boys have been pumped, we'll be sweet.

"[To'o] is looking good. He was training today as well with us, so big ups for us as well. Hopefully, he gets through these next couple of tests throughout the week and he's sweet to play."

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Luai added that May is tracking well to return.

"I've been watching him box for the past couple of weeks, he's not too bad on the gloves," the 24-year-old playmaker said.

"But it was good to see him out there with us today and hopefully he'll pass his next couple of tests and he'll be ready to rock."

Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards is dealing with a minor foot complaint but said he trained without any problems on Tuesday.

"I'm good. I've got a little foot niggle going on still a little bit, but it's travelling alright and I played with it on the weekend," he said.

"There are not any dramas there. No needles or anything like that are required ... I've just got to manage it throughout the week."

After a physical encounter with the Eels, Luai admitted the Panthers were still tending to a "few bruises here and there".

Melbourne, meanwhile, are fresh after enjoying a week off as they welcome back star winger Josh Addo-Carr from a hamstring injury.

Addo-Carr's return means Isaac Lumelume, who has filled in capably for the past three matches, has been relegated to the reserves.

There are no other changes to Craig Bellamy's team. As expected, Brandon Smith will wear the No.9 jersey having been cleared of a facial fracture following a head knock in the win over Manly.

In Friday night's showdown between the Rabbitohs and Sea Eagles, both coaches have gone with unchanged 17-man teams.

It was reported that veteran Souths winger Josh Mansour was on the verge of a surprise return from a knee injury, provided he passed a fitness test, but Wayne Bennett has stuck with Jaxson Paulo.

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Manly had a few minor concerns following their big win over the Roosters – with five-eighth Kieran Foran playing out that game despite a calf twinge – but nothing that has cast doubt on anyone's fitness.

Martin Taupau has been named to start in the front row, but Sean Keppie was outstanding after being elevated into the run-on team last week. Coach Des Hasler may swap the pair come game time.

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