The door has been opened for Robbie Farah to return to the Wests Tigers line-up after halfback Luke Brooks was ruled out for up to five weeks with a knee injury.
Brooks was diagnosed with a torn posterior cruciate ligament after failing to return to the field after halftime during the Tigers’ NRL win over Parramatta at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
The club said the 21-year-old was expected to miss three to five weeks in a massive blow to their top eight hopes.
It could result in NSW hooker Farah returning to top grade just two weeks after being dumped by coach Jason Taylor.
Farah missed Saturday’s NSW Cup game with a calf injury but could be recalled for his side’s blockbuster clash with premiers North Queensland at Leichhardt Oval next Sunday.
Chris Lawrence filled in alongside Mitchell Moses in the halves against the Eels.
However Taylor didn’t rule out selecting Farah.
“It’s a possibility. It’s just too early,” Tayalor said.
“We’ll look at where Brooksy’s going to be at and what the best team’s going to be for this week.
“That’ll be completely clean slate in regards to everyone and the team we think is going to do the job this week.”
Jack Littlejohn will also come into contention to fill in for Brooks.
The Tigers sit in 10th spot but are equal on 22 points alongside seventh-placed Gold Coast, the Warriors and Penrith, with five games left in the regular season.