Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has declared himself a certain starter in Sunday’s clash against Penrith at Leichhardt Oval as the side aims to rectify a worrying run of form at their spiritual home.
Just one week after braving through a separated shoulder for NSW in State of Origin II, Farah completed his first training session with his clubmates on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old was rested in the club’s last-start loss to Manly, but will be back in Tigers colours for the first time since Round 9.
“It’s obviously something that I’m going to have to keep managing,” Farah said of his shoulder.
“The fact that I would have had an 11-day turnaround after the game last Wednesday, it’s given me a bit of time to continue to work on it and get some more strength.
“It’s coming along okay. I’ll just have to keep on top of it.”
Despite x-rays revealing a complete separation of the AC joint in his left shoulder, Farah did his best to play down a courageous 80-minute performance against Queensland that included a game-high 45 tackles.
The veteran rake said he would discuss the possibility of going under the knife with the team’s medical staff at the end of the season.
“It’s not an injury that no-one’s ever played through before,” he said.
“It’s nothing extraordinary from me. It’s more that I came back a bit quicker than someone else would’ve.
“But that’s only because I didn’t have much time to waste, so I did my best to get there as quick as I can.”
Farah’s return is a big boost for a Tigers side that has lost both its games at Leichhardt Oval so far this year and five of their last six.
“It’s disappointing,” he said.
“Obviously it’s a place that we’ve had a good record at in the past. More recently, we’ve let ourselves down there and it’s something we want to turnaround desperately.
“There’s no better time to do it than this week. We’re equal last at the moment.