Cowboys coach Paul Green has ruled out any chance of Jason Taumalolo making an early comeback for Friday night's clash with Canterbury.
The Tongan international was named on North Queensland's reserves list but Green on Thursday said Taumalolo needed more time to recover from his knee injury and the club hoped he would be right for next Friday's home clash with the Gold Coast.
"No he's not playing, he didn’t quite get through what we needed to get through. Probably having another couple of days would've been good but look he's a fair bit short of the time that they thought it would take to recover so you don’t want to push him," he said.
"We'll see how we go early in the week too, I think just a couple more days training next week given it’s a short turnaround for us this week. That'll help."
Dragons playmaker Ben Hunt picked up a corked shoulder in the Anzac Day loss to the Roosters and couldn't catch or pass properly but managed to play on until the 68th minute. He is expected to be fit for next weekend’s match against Parramatta.
Roosters co-captain Jake Friend hurt his ankle at the SCG and left the field in the 69th minute.
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Bulldogs v Cowboys, Friday 6pm at ANZ Stadium
Bulldogs: Nick Meaney (finger) and Adam Elliott (concussion) are expected to play. Elliott will join the squad for contact on Thursday after passing necessary protocols this week. Bulldogs captain Josh Jackson is aiming for his 50th win at ANZ Stadium. Christian Crichton and Fa'amanu Brown were omitted 24 hours before kick-off.
Cowboys: Jason Taumalolo was listed in the reserves on Tuesday but will not be returning early from a knee injury. John Asiata will play his 100th NRL game. Corey Jensen and Taumalolo were the two men dropped off the extended reserves list on Thursday.
Panthers v Rabbitohs, Friday 7.55pm at Panthers Stadium
Panthers: No late changes expected for the side, who have lost Dean Whare to a hamstring injury for at least a fortnight. Dylan Edwards is set for a consecutive week in the Canterbury Cup after being relegated from the reserves list 24 hours before kick-off. Tyrell Fuimaono was the other player cut on Thursday. Penrith have won three of their past four games against the Rabbitohs at Panthers Stadium.
Rabbitohs: Junior Tatola is expected to switch with George Burgess and start in similar circumstances to the past fortnight. The Bunnies have no other injury concerns after all pulled up well following Friday's win over the Bulldogs. Connor Tracey and Dean Britt were omitted on Thursday evening. Souths captain Sam Burgess has scored four tries in his past four games against the Panthers.
Wests Tigers v Titans, Saturday 5.30pm at Scully Park
Wests Tigers: Robbie Farah and Luke Garner (head knocks) will be monitored before Saturday's clash. Michael Maguire has named the same 17 that were thumped by the Eels but it wouldn't surprise if there were a couple of changes before kick-off. David Nofoaluma is pushing for a recall, along with former Kiwi international Elijah Taylor. Wests Tigers prop Ben Matulino has won 12 of his past 13 games against the Titans.
Titans: Keegan Hipgrave is in doubt with a back injury that kept him out of last week's win over the Knights but medical staff are more hopeful Kevin Proctor (hip) will play. The Titans will play their 300th premiership game.
Broncos v Sharks, Saturday 7.35pm at Suncorp Stadium
Broncos: Matt Lodge is 50-50 to return from a throat injury after being listed in the reserves. A decision on the prop will be made by Friday. The Broncos have won their past four games against the Sharks, while Anthony Milford will play his 150th NRL game.
Sharks: No late changes expected for the Sharks after last week's great escape against Penrith. Scott Sorenson replaces Briton Nikora (suspension) in the back row. Sharks skipper Paul Gallen has lost 11 of his past 13 games against the Broncos.
Sea Eagles v Raiders, Sunday 2pm at Lottoland
Sea Eagles: No changes expected for Des Hasler's side with Toafofoa Sipley filling in at prop for Addin Fonua-Blake (suspension) for a consecutive week. Manly have won three of their past four games against the Raiders.
Raiders: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is set to play after scans returned all clear following a knee scare. The in-form Raiders have no other injury concerns with Aidan Sezer set for another week on the outer. Raiders winger Jordan Rapana has scored six tries in his past five games against the Sea Eagles.
Knights v Eels, Sunday 4.05pm at McDonald Jones Stadium
Knights: Sione Mata'utia is pushing for a return from a shoulder injury. The former Kangaroo will be given until Saturday to prove his fitness. Knights coach Nathan Brown could also make a few positional changes before kick-off in a bid to get the side starting with more energy. Newcastle have won 10 of their past 12 games against the Eels.
Eels: Daniel Alvaro needs to pass appropriate concussion protocols this week in a bid to play with the Sunday afternoon fixture working in his favour. Injured back-rower Manu Ma'u is pushing for a recall after being listed in the reserves but is unlikely to force his way into the 17 this week. Eels centre Michael Jennings has scored 10 tries from 13 games against the Knights.
- Matt Lodge (throat, round seven)
- Tevita Pangai jnr (suspension, round seven)
- Joseph Tapine (ankle, round 17)
- Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (knee, round seven)
Young fullback Nick Meaney has been cleared of a serious finger injury but the Bulldogs have lost out-of-favour forward Raymond Faitala-Mariner for up to six weeks with a grade two medial ligament injury suffered in the Canterbury Cup NSW.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are hopeful Kieran Foran could be back earlier than expected after making solid strides post-surgery from a syndesmosis injury.
- Kieran Foran (ankle, round 16)
- Nick Meaney (finger, round seven)
- Raymond Faitala-Mariner (knee, round 12)
- Dylan Napa (ankle, round 10)
- Sauaso Sue (suspension, round eight)
Aaron Woods remains hopeful of an earlier than expected return from a broken foot with the Australian prop looking at a possible round 14 return.
- Matt Moylan (hamstring, round 10)
- Briton Nikora (suspension, round eight)
- Aaron Woods (foot, round 16)
- Wade Graham (knee, round 9-12)
Ryan James will miss the rest of the season after he suffered a ruptured ACL in Sunday's emphatic win over Newcastle at Cbus Super Stadium.
- Ryan James (knee, season)
- Kevin Proctor (hip, round seven)
- Keegan Hipgrave (back, round seven)
- Jarrod Wallace (suspension, round eight)
- Nathan Peats (pectoral, round 15)
- AJ Brimson (finger, round nine)
- Will Matthews (Achilles, round seven)
- Addin Fonua-Blake (suspension, round eight)
- Tom Trbojevic (hamstring, round 11-12)
- Dylan Walker (stood down)
- Albert Hopoate (knee, season)
- Brandon Smith (shoulder, round seven)
- Scott Drinkwater (pectoral, round 14)
- Tom Eisenhuth (throat, indefinite)
- Aidan Guerra (ankle, round 22)
- Sione Mata'utia (shoulder, round seven)
- Kurt Mann (sternum, round eight)
- Slade Griffin (knee, indefinite)
- Nathan Ross (pelvis, retirement)
- Nene Macdonald (ankle, season)
- Jason Taumalolo (knee, round 7-13)
- Kyle Feldt (groin, indefinite)
Daniel Alvaro suffered a concussion in the opening hit-up of the Eels' first match at Bankwest Stadium on Easter Monday but was named 24 hours later to face the Knights. Nathan Brown is eyeing off a 10-week return from a pectoral injury suffered in round one with more to be known once he's out of a sling in coming weeks.
- Daniel Alvaro (concussion, round seven)
- Blake Ferguson (rib, round seven)
- Nathan Brown (pectoral, round 14)
- Dylan Brown (back, indefinite)
- David Gower (neck, round eight)
- Will Smith (broken arm, round 10)
- Manu Ma'u (knee, round seven)
- Kaysa Pritchard (personal leave, indefinite)
Panthers centre Dean Whare will be sidelined for between two and four weeks after being diagnosed with a grade one hamstring tear. The 29-year-old suffered the injury in the second half of the round six loss to Cronulla at PointsBet Stadium.
- Dean Whare (hamstring, round 11)
- Frank Winterstein (knee, round 10)
- Sam McKendry (knee, indefinite)
- Tyrone May (stood down)
- Braidon Burns (hamstring/foot, round nine)
- Cory Denniss (shoulder, round 20)
- Kurt Dillon (ankle, indefinite)
- Adam Doueihi (knee, round 10)
- Greg Inglis (shoulder, retirement)
Halfback Ben Hunt injured his shoulder early in the match against the Roosters and couldn't catch or pass properly but managed to play on until the 68th minute. He is expected to be fit for next weekend’s match against Parramatta.
- Korbin Sims (arm, round 11-12)
- Ben Hunt (shoulder, TBA)
- Darren Nicholls (fractured scapula, round seven)
- Jack de Belin (stood down)
- Gareth Widdop (shoulder, round 20)
- Luke Keary (concussion, round eight)
- Jake Friend (ankle, TBA)
- Isaac Liu (broken finger, round eight)
- Ryan Hall (knee, round eight)
- Brett Morris (knee, round eight)
Warriors winger David Fusitu'a has been ruled out of Thursday's clash with the Storm due to a rib injury.
Fusitu'a suffered the damage during the 17-10 round six loss to the Cowboys.
- Blake Green (groin, round seven)
- David Fusitu'a (ribs, round eight)
- Robbie Farah (concussion, round seven)
- Luke Garner (concussion, round seven)
- Benji Marshall (hamstring, round eight)
- Chris Lawrence (broken jaw, indefinite)