Gold Coast captain Nate Myles is in serious doubt for Saturday night’s home clash against the New Zealand Warriors due to a foot injury in what would be his 200th NRL match.
The Queensland prop suffered the injury in Wednesday night’s State of Origin II defeat at the MCG and has been sent for scans to assess the damage.
The final decision will be made on Saturday morning but it’s understood Myles is unlikely to play, paving the way for local product Ryan James to skipper the side for the second week running.
“It’s taken its time, there’s no doubt about it, but I’m on 199 now and I won’t be counting my chickens too early,” Myles said.
“I’ve still got to make sure the body’s OK to get the 200 mark but it’s as close as it can be and I’m very lucky and fortunate to be able to get this opportunity.”
After winning their last two games on the bounce, the Titans are in the top eight and can further cement their place with a win over the Warriors.
They are likely to take on a different shape following the midweek signings of hooker Chad Redman from Newcastle and centre Nene MacDonald from the Roosters.
Out-of-sorts second-rower Dave Taylor is also set to make an appearance and with Brad Tighe (shoulder) only a slim chance of playing, it could possibly be in the centres, according to coach Neil Henry.
“It is a consideration,” Henry said.
“We trained him in the centres the other week when Jimmy (James Roberts) had a session off so he’s certainly played half a dozen games there last year.”
Henry last week dropped Taylor to the Queensland Cup but was instead kept on standby for Roberts, who was under an injury cloud ahead of last weekend’s win over Canterbury.
Henry said Taylor’s response at training during the week has been good, but the real test will come at kick-off.
“He knows that he probably should have been playing Queensland Cup last week and that he needs to get certain aspects of his game better for the team,” Henry said.
“We know what he can produce, he just needs to do it on a regular basis.
“He’s been good, he’s been energetic at training and doing some extras so I haven’t seen any dip in attitude at all.”