Out-of-favour veteran Robbie Farah could make a return to the Wests Tigers’ NRL side as soon as next week after a knee injury to halfback Luke Brooks.
Just two weeks after dumping Farah to reserve grade, coach Jason Taylor left the door open for the former captain to be promoted as the Tigers continue to push for a finals berth.
Brooks failed to emerge out of the sheds following the halftime break in Saturday’s win over Parramatta and is due for scans on Sunday to determine the extent of the damage.
“He hyper-extended his knee, that’s what his issue is,” Taylor said post-game.
“So he’ll have scans, obviously. But he was fine to move around. His exact line was, `I’m fine in defence, it’s just when I try to accelerate’.”
Taylor is confident the injury isn’t severe.
“It’s certainly not like an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). Seems to be PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), but we’ll see,” he said.
The likelihood of Brooks missing some game time could result in a recall for the fallen Farah, who himself missed Saturday’s NSW Cup game with a calf injury.
Chris Lawrence filled in alongside Mitchell Moses in the halves against the Eels, however Taylor didn’t rule out selecting the incumbent NSW Origin rake should Brooks be ruled out of next week’s clash with North Queensland.
“It’s a possibility… It’s just too early,” he 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.”
The Tigers sit in 10th spot but are equal on 22 points alongside 7th-placed Gold Coast, the Warriors and Penrith, with five games left in the regular season.