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Casualty Ward: Knee surgery for Koula; Positive news for Titans

Boom Manly centre Tolu Koula will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday after suffering an MCL injury in Saturday night's 13-12 golden point loss to South Sydney at Accor Stadium.

Sea Eagles officials said the 20-year-old was expected to be out for between four to six weeks.

The Dolphins have confirmed Sean O’Sullivan suffered a full tendon rupture of his pectoral muscle against the Broncos on Friday night.

The injury is set to require a rehab period of 12 to 16 weeks, meaning the halfback is unlikely to be back before the end of June.

Fellow Dolphin Tesi Niu also faces at least four weeks on the sideline after playing through damage to his medial collateral ligament in his knee, while Kodi Nikorima has been cleared of any fractures after being ruled out of the game with a facial injury. 

The Cowboys have confirmed that Origin centre Murray Taulagi faces 4-6 weeks on the sideline after suffering an MCL injury late in the first half against the Titans and teammate Gehamat Shibasaki will miss 2-3 weeks after picking up a hamstring strain.

Veteran prop James Tamou was sent for scans on his injured foot on Sunday and will meet with specialists this week before a timeframe is set for his return.

Casualty Ward By Club

The Titans have received some positive news on stars Kieran Foran and AJ Brimson, who both suffered injuries against the Titans.

Brimson suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain which will keep him on the sidelines for up to four weeks while Foran is hoping for a return in around three weeks after suffering a calf strain.

Raiders halfback Jamal Fogarty was a late withdrawal from his side's Round 4 match against Newcastle, with the club saying he was out with a virus

Warriors captain Tohu Harris left the field early in the second half of Sunday's win over the Bulldogs with a knee injury he suffered just before half-time.

After coming back out to play the first four minutes of the second half, Harris was ruled out, but coach Andrew Webster said his skipper was optimistic it wasn't too serious. 

"He feels like he's done [it] before and doesn't think it'll be too long, but we don't know," Webster said. 

"Typical Tohu, he wanted to play the second half, but we could see he wasn't moving well so we took him off." 

Canterbury meanwhile confirmed forward Fa'amanu Brown suffered a dislocated elbow early in the second half.

Penrith back-rower Liam Martin was removed from the squad that faced the Eels on Thursday night due to a hamstring injury.

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary said post-match that the setback was considered minor for the Kangaroos representative and he could return against the Raiders in Round 5.

The Panthers lost Soni Luke to a failed head injury assessment during the match with the bench hooker to undergo concussion protocols.


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Brisbane Broncos

  • Corey Oates (jaw, Round 8-10)
  • Kobe Hetherington (biceps, indefinite) 

Canberra Raiders

  • Jordan Rapana (suspension, Round 5)
  • Jamal Fogarty (virus, Round 5)
  • Xavier Savage (broken jaw, Round 7-8)
  • Nick Cotric (hamstring, Round 8-10)
  • Ata Mariota (broken hand, Round 8-10)
  • Danny Levi (broken jaw, Round 12-14)
  • Adrian Trevilyan (shoulder/knee, mid-season)

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

  • Fa'amanu Brown (elbow, TBC)
  • Andrew Davey (concussion, Round 5)
  • Tevita Pangai Junior (calf, Round 5)
  • Sam Hughes (back, Round 5-6)
  • Chris Patolo (knee, Round 12)
  • Luke Thompson (foot, Round 16)
  • Bailey Biondi-Odo (knee, Round 21)

Cronulla Sharks

  • Braydon Trindall (ankle, Round 5)
  • Wade Graham (suspended, Round 6)
  • Matt Ikuvalu (knee, indefinite)
  • Kade Dykes (knee, season)


  • Kodi Nikorima (head cut, Round 5)
  • Isiaya Katoa (elbow, Round 5)
  • Edrick Lee (ankle, Round 5)
  • Herman Ese'ese (pectoral, Round 5)
  • Jeremy Marshall-King (suspended, Round 5)
  • Tesi Niu (knee, Round 8)
  • Harrison Graham (knee, indefinite)
  • Felise Kaufusi (suspended, Round 8)
  • Sean O'Sullivan (pectoral, Round 16-18)

Gold Coast Titans

  • Jojo Fifita (knee, Round 6-7)
  • Kieran Foran (calf, Round 8)
  • AJ Brimson (hamstring, Round 8-9)
  • Sam Verrills (collarbone, TBC)
  • Patrick Herbert (knee, mid-season)
  • Aaron Booth (knee, mid-season)
  • Jaimin Jolliffe (pectoral, Round 17)
  • Beau Fermor (knee, season)

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

  • Tolu Koula (knee, Round 9-11)
  • Lachlan Croker (shoulder, TBC)
  • Viliame Fifita (sternum, Round 5)
  • Jamie Humphreys (jaw, Round 5)
  • Jason Saab (knee, mid-season)
  • Alec Tuitavake (knee, mid-season)

Melbourne Storm

  • Tepai Moeroa (calf, Round 5)
  • Jahrome Hughes (suspended, Round 6)
  • Nelson Asofa-Solomona (knee, Round 8-10)
  • Ryan Papenhuyzen (knee, indefinite)
  • Dean Ieremia (knee, season)

Newcastle Knights

  • Kurt Mann (head knock, TBC)
  • Jacob Saifiti (suspended, Round 8)
  • Kalyn Ponga (concussion, indefinite)
  • Adam Elliott (groin, indefinite)
  • Simi Sasagi (shoulder, indefinite)
  • Krystian Mapapalangi (shoulder, indefinite)

North Queensland Cowboys

  • James Tamou (foot, TBC)
  • Jack Gosiewski (knee, Round 5)
  • Ben Hampton (hip, Round 5)
  • Peta Hiku (suspended, Round 5)
  • Scott Drinkwater (suspended, Round 6)
  • Reuben Cotter (knee, Round 6-7)
  • Gehamat Shibasaki (hamstring, Round 7-8)
  • Murray Taulagi (knee, Round 9-10)
  • Luciano Leilua (no-fault stand down policy)

Parramatta Eels

  • Jack Murchie (head knock, Round 5)
  • Shaun Lane (jaw, Round 6)

Penrith Panthers

  • Liam Martin (hamstring, Round 5)
  • Soni Luke (head knock, TBC)
  • Taylan May (knee, season)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

  • Hame Sele (head knock, Round 5)
  • Tevita Tatola (knee, Round 8)
  • Shaquai Mitchell (foot, indefinite)
  • Jai Arrow (hamstring, indefinite)
  • Siliva Havili (ankle, mid-season)
  • Liam Knight (knee/shoulder, mid-season)

St George Illawarra Dragons

  • Jack de Belin (calf, Round 5-6)
  • Cody Ramsey (illness, season)

Sydney Roosters

  • Joey Manu (suspended, Round 6)
  • Nathan Brown (hamstring, Round 6-7)
  • Matt Lodge (facial fracture, Round 7)
  • Angus Crichton (personal reasons, indefinite)
  • Connor Watson (knee, mid-season)
  • Sitili Tupouniua (knee, mid-season)
  • Billy Smith (knee, mid-season)


  • Tohu Harris (knee, TBC)
  • Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (calf, Round 5)
  • Luke Metcalf (hamstring, indefinite)
  • Valingi Kepu (foot, season)

Wests Tigers

  • Tommy Talau (nose, Round 6-7)
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