Robbie Farah is no chance of taking Luke Brooks’ spot in Wests Tigers line-up for Sunday’s NRL clash with North Queensland due to injury.
Brooks is out for up to five weeks with a knee injury and Farah has been mentioned as a possibility to move into the halfback role for the Tigers. However the NSW rake, who played in the halves after being dropped to reserve grade two weeks ago, is also sidelined with a calf injury.
Farah didn’t play for the Tigers reserve grade side last weekend and sat out training at Concord Oval on Monday.
Jack Littlejohn, Justin Hunt or Chris Lawrence will likely move into the Tigers halves alongside Mitchell Moses to meet the Cowboys.
Littlejohn played alongside Mitchell Moses in round one, when Brooks was missing due to suspension, while Lawrence filled in there in Saturday’s win over Parramatta.
Former South Sydney and Parramatta utility Hunt has been playing in the halves for much of the season in NSW Cup.
A late season surge has the Tigers in finals contention with five rounds to go ahead of Sunday’s round 22 clash with the Cowboys at Leichhardt Oval.
However the loss of Brooks is a setback Jason Taylor’s side might not be able to overcome.
“It is a blow for us, but we have the guys there who can come in and get the job done,” Tigers hooker Dene Halatau said on Monday.
“Luke has been great but Jack has been there before and Chris was good for us there on the weekend too.”
After injuring his hamstring in the big win over Canterbury two weeks ago, Cowboys superstar Johnathan Thurston sat out Saturday’s loss to Melbourne. He is rated a 50-50 chance to take the field at Leichhardt Oval.
“We are preparing as if he will play,” Tigers prop Tim Grant said.