South Sydney second-rower Sam Burgess has had a drip in his arm, not his heart as has been stated in other media reports.

The drip has aided the England international after an infection was discovered following recent shoulder surgery. The infection doesn't relate to the shoulder injury.

Since his most-recent operation, Burgess had carried a portable drip that feeds into a picc line.

He trained on Wednesday but will not play against the Cowboys this weekend.

South Sydney officials are confident Burgess will return in the coming weeks and spearhead the clubs finals push.

Cronulla are sweating on the fitness of injured trio Paul Gallen, Matt Moylan and Shaun Johnson before the side's crucial clash against the Warriors on Friday night. 

The Sharks flew out of Australia to Wellington on Tuesday night with an extended squad with Johnson and Moylan in particular of concern with the side's spine constantly changing. 

Johnson picked up an ankle complaint in last week's loss to the Storm, while Moylan and Gallen missed the heavy defeat in Cameron Smith's 400th match. 

Rookie players Will Kennedy, Kyle Flanagan and forward Billy Magoulias are listed on standby.

For the Warriors, equal leading try-scorer Ken Maumalo still has some tests to pass this week. Warriors coach Stephen Kearney said Maumalo had been passing all the necessary tests and would begin contact on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, the Cowboys have named Michael Morgan in the reserves for their clash against the Rabbitohs this week but coach Paul Green indicated the Maroons representative needed to meet specialists for scans later this week and was unlikely to play. 

Your club's Casualty Ward: Broncos
 Bulldogs | Sharks | Titans 
Sea Eagles 
| Storm | Knights | Eels
Cowboys |
Rabbitohs | Dragons | Roosters

Warriors | Wests Tigers

The Late Mail

Broncos v Bulldogs, Thursday 7.50pm at Suncorp Stadium

Broncos: No changes expected for the home side at this stage with Matt Gillett not considered after injuring his groin before Origin III. Corey Oates returns on the wing with Xavier Coates moving to the reserves. The Broncos will play their 800th game since joining the premiership in 1988.

Bulldogs: No changes expected for the visitors with Chris Smith listed on the bench after copping a late hit from James Gavet last week. Brandon Wakeham gets another week in first grade with Kieran Foran still missing with a hamstring injury. The Bulldogs are aiming for three straight wins for the first time under coach Dean Pay.

Warriors v Sharks, Friday 6pm at Westpac Stadium

Warriors: There are no injury concerns for the travelling Warriors after last week's marathon draw against the Broncos. Warriors prop Adam Blair has won 13 from 16 against the Sharks.

Sharks: Injury concerns continue to strike the Sharks with Matt Moylan, Shaun Johnson and Paul Gallen all in doubt to play the Warriors. The trio travelled with the squad to New Zealand in a positive sign. Kyle Flanagan and Billy Magoulias are among the players on standby. Cronulla have won their past four games against the Warriors.

Panthers v Dragons, Friday 7.55pm at Panthers Stadium

Panthers: James Maloney and Viliame Kikau were given a few days off to freshen up by the club this week but were back on the training paddock on Wednesday. Nathan Cleary has trained strongly and is a certain starter. Penrith are aiming for six consecutive wins for the first time since 2017.

Dragons: James Graham needs to tick some final boxes to make a return from a broken leg. Jacob Host is listed in the reserves and is on standby. The Dragons have won four of their past five games against the Panthers.

Roosters v Knights, Saturday 3pm at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Roosters: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has been cleared to return after being found not guilty of dangerous contact the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night. Brett Morris is listed on the bench but could drop out of the side with Sitili Tupouniua likely to replace him. The Roosters have won six of their past seven games against the Knights.

Knights: Kalyn Ponga is a likely starter after joining the main group for training this week. Ponga will need a final fitness check on Friday but all signs are that he'll play after overcoming a calf injury. Kurt Mann has been troubled with a chest/sternum injury but is named at five-eighth alongside Mitchell Pearce. The Knights will play at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the first time.

Raiders v Wests Tigers, Saturday 5.30pm at GIO Stadium

Raiders: Josh Hodgson is expected to overcome a knee injury. Michael Oldfield replaces suspended centre Nick Cotric. There are no other concerns for the Green Machine. The Raiders have won five of their past six games against Wests Tigers. 

Wests Tigers: Paul Momirovski replaces Robert Jennings on the wing with the former Rabbitoh dropped to Canterbury Cup. Tommy Talau is listed in the reserves and is a chance to debut. Wests Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall has won all 10 games he’s played at GIO Stadium.

Cowboys v Raiders, Saturday 7.35pm at 1300Smiles Stadium

Cowboys: Michael Morgan is listed in the No.18 jersey but is unlikely to come into the final 17 with an appointment at the specialists booked in later this week. The Cowboys have won five of their past seven games against the Rabbitohs at 1300SMILES Stadium.

Rabbitohs: Kyle Turner has an issue with a thumb and is in doubt. Ethan Lowe returns to the back row, shifting Dean Britt to prop replacing suspended forward Liam Knight. The Rabbitohs have won five of their past six games in Queensland.

Titans v Storm, Sunday 2pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Titans: Ryley Jacks is in doubt with a rib injury, which would result in AJ Brimson moving into the halves and Michael Gordon to fullback. Gordon returns after two months out with a leg injury. Dale Copley and Jack Stockwell suffered head knocks last week and will need to pass concussion protocol to play. Interim coaches Craig Hodges and Luke Burt have not mucked around since taking over from sacked coach Garth Brennan with mass changes on Tuesday. The Titans have not defeated the Storm at Cbus Super Stadium since 2013.

Storm: Joe Stimson has been named in the No.6 jersey replacing Cameron Munster (rested) but expect some changes with outside backs Ryan Papenhuyzen and Tom Eisenhuth named on the bench. Jahrome Hughes is the logical choice at five-eighth alongside Brodie Croft. The Storm have won six of their past seven games against the Titans.

Sea Eagles v Eels, Sunday 4.05pm at Lottoland

Sea Eagles: No changes expected for Des Hasler's side with Lachlan Croker again set for the utility role off the bench. Cade Cust failed to finish the game last week with a head knock but is expected to play. The Sea Eagles have won four of their past five games at Lottoland.

Eels: Blake Ferguson has been given the week off and won't return to training until Saturday. There are no other concerns for the Eels, who have a seven-day turnaround. Parramatta have won seven of their past eight games against the Sea Eagles.

The Casualty Ward

Brisbane Broncos

Matt Gillett was left out of the side's 21-man squad for their clash with the Bulldogs as a precaution for a groin injury. 

  • Matt Gillett (groin, round 19)
  • Tom Dearden (ankle, round 20)
  • Gehamat Shibasaki (finger, round 21)
  • Sean O'Sullivan (hamstring, round 21)
  • Richie Kennar (shoulder, indefinite)
  • Jack Bird (knee, season)

Canberra Raiders

  • Josh Hodgson (knee, round 18)
  • Hudson Young (suspension, round 19)
  • Nick Cotric (suspension, round 21)
  • Ata Hingano (thumb, round 20-22)
  • Ryan Sutton (calf, round 19)
  • Luke Bateman (knee, indefinite)
  • Brad Abbey (knee, season)
  • Joey Leilua (neck, season)

Canterbury Bulldogs

Bulldogs forward Sauaso Sue will be sidelined until the start of the 2020 season after scans over the weekend confirmed he had torn his ACL on Friday in Newcastle.

Aiden Tolman will miss at least a week after suffering a rib injury in the side's win over the Knights in Newcastle. Kieran Foran and Lachlan Lewis have had their returns delayed by another week.

  • Aiden Tolman (ribs, round 19)
  • Kieran Foran (hamstring, round 19)
  • Lachlan Lewis (ankle, round 19)
  • Sauaso Sue (knee, season)

Cronulla Sharks

Cronulla have left out Josh Morris (broken nose) and Josh Dugan (hamstring) for the side's clash against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium. understands the pair's injuries are not considered long-term but with a short turnaround neither will be risked this week. 

  • Matt Moylan (hamstring, round 18)
  • Paul Gallen (glute, round 18)
  • Shaun Johnson (ankle, round 18)
  • Josh Morris (concussion/nose, round 19)
  • Josh Dugan (hamstring, round 20)
  • Wade Graham (hamstring, round 20-21)

Gold Coast Titans

The Titans have lost prop Shannon Boyd to a shoulder concern for this week's clash against Melbourne but welcome back Michael Gordon from a leg injury. 

  • Jack Stockwell (head knock, round 18)
  • Dale Copley (head knock, round 18)
  • Michael Gordon (leg, round 18)
  • Ryley Jacks (rib cartilage, round 18-19)
  • Jai Arrow (ankle, round 20-22)
  • Tyrone Peachey (pectoral, round 22)
  • Ash Taylor (personal leave, indefinite) 
  • Ryan James (knee, season)
  • Shannon Boyd (shoulder, TBC)

Manly Sea Eagles

  • Cade Cust (head knock, round 18)
  • Apisai Koroisau (ankle, round 21)
  • Jack Gosiewski (groin, indefinite)
  • Toafofoa Sipley (knee, season)
  • Albert Hopoate (knee, season)

Melbourne Storm

The Storm are resting Origin players Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi, Josh Addo-Carr and Will Chambers. 

  • Cameron Munster (rested, round 19)
  • Josh Addo-Carr (rested, round 19)
  • Felise Kaufusi (rested, round 19)
  • Will Chambers (rested, round 19)
  • Christian Welch (suspended, round 19)
  • Curtis Scott (foot, round 20)
  • Albert Vete (shoulder, season)

Newcastle Knights

Knights winger Edrick Lee is hoping to make an early return from a broken arm.

Lee's initial diagnosis was around the 9-12 week mark but he's aiming towards a return before the finals. 

  • Kalyn Ponga (calf, round 18)
  • Lachlan Fitzgibbon (elbow, round 22)
  • Edrick Lee (arm, finals)
  • Slade Griffin (knee, round 22)
  • Nathan Ross (pelvis, retirement)

North Queensland Cowboys

North Queensland's injury woes have continued with Jordan Kahu sidelined for an indefinite period after suffering a fractured eye socket against the Roosters. 

Kahu will undergo surgery on Wednesday with Cowboys coach Paul Green confident he will be back before season's end. 

  • Michael Morgan (concussion, TBA)
  • Gideon Gela-Mosby (collarbone, round 18-19)
  • Jordan Kahu (eye socket, round 23)
  • Ben Hampton (biceps, round 22-25)
  • Justin O'Neill (spleen, indefinite)
  • Te Maire Martin (brain bleed, season)
  • Mitch Dunn (shoulder, season)
  • Kurt Baptiste (knee, season)

Parramatta Eels

  • Waqa Blake (knee, round 20)
  • Peni Terepo (suspension, round 20)
  • Michael Jennings (knee, round 21)
  • George Jennings (calf, round 22)
  • Ray Stone (ankle, round 24)
  • Kaysa Pritchard (retired) 

Penrith Panthers

Rookie forward Liam Martin will miss at least the next fortnight with scans revealing a grade two quad tear earlier in the week. 

  • Nathan Cleary (ankle, round 18)
  • Malakai Watene-Zelezniak (calf, round 18)
  • Liam Martin (quad, round 19)
  • Caleb Aekins (shoulder, indefinite)
  • Jack Hetherington (sternum, indefinite)
  • Tim Grant (pectoral, season)
  • Tyrone May (stood down)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Alex Johnston and Sam Burgess have had their returns delayed with the Rabbitohs in no hurry to return their stars back if they're not 100% fit. 

Tom Burgess is pushing for a return earlier than expected from an ankle complaint. 

  • Dean Britt (head knock, round 18)
  • Kyle Turner (thumb, round 19)
  • Sam Burgess (shoulder, round 19)
  • Tom Burgess (ankle, round 19-20)
  • Alex Johnston (knee, round 20)
  • Liam Knight (suspended, round 20)
  • Cory Denniss (shoulder, round 20)
  • George Burgess (suspension, finals)
  • Greg Inglis (shoulder, retired)

St George Illawarra Dragons

  • James Graham (fibula, round 18)
  • Ben Hunt (rested, round 19)
  • Zac Lomax (broken thumb, round 19)
  • Gareth Widdop (shoulder, round 20)
  • Jeremy Latimore (knee, TBC)
  • Jordan Pereira (neck/head, indefinite)
  • Jack de Belin (stood down)

Sydney Roosters

  • Zane Tetevano (suspension, round 19)


Patrick Herbert (hamstring) and Karl Lawton (shoulder) are tracking along well from their respective injuries with the club hopeful of a return for both in round 19.

  • Ken Maumalo (head knock, round 18)
  • Patrick Herbert (hamstring, round 19)
  • Karl Lawton (shoulder, round 19)
  • Tohu Harris (knee, round 21)
  • Nathaniel Roache (knee, season)

Wests Tigers

  • Mahe Fonua (foot, indefinite)
  • Ben Matulino (knee, indefinite)