NRL injuries, suspensions for title hopes

MAJOR INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS FOR THE NRL’S PREMIERSHIP CONTENDERS

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Shown they have the depth to cover the loss of key players.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (knee – season), Mitchell Pearce (hamstring – finals week two), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (mental health – indefinite), Martin Kennedy (suspended)

BRISBANE BRONCOS

One of the teams least affected by injury late in the year.

Josh McGuire (achilles – season), James Gavet (ACL – season)

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

The loss of Michael Morgan has adversely impacted the Cowboys’ ability to score points.

Michael Morgan (ankle – indefinite), James Tamou (neck – indefinite), Tautau Moga (ACL – season)

CRONULLA SHARKS

The return of a well-rested Andrew Fifita in week one of the finals could be key for the Sharks.

Ben Barba (ankle – finals week one), Andrew Fifita (club-imposed suspension – finals week one), David Fifita (club-imposed suspension – finals week one), Fa’amanu Brown (ACL – season)

MELBOURNE STORM

Inconsistent form has hurt the Storm more than injury has this season.

Dale Finucane (wrist – finals week one), Billy Slater (shoulder – season)

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

Josh Reynolds’ likely return comes at the perfect time, but the Dogs may struggle to overcome the loss of star playmaker Trent Hodkinson coupled with that of first-choice hooker Michael Lichaa.

Trent Hodkinson (wrist – season), Michael Lichaa (ankle – season), Josh Reynolds (knee – round 26), Tony Williams (pec – season)

SOUTH SYDNEY

Their lacklustre form hasn’t been helped by bad luck with injuries and poor discipline.

Greg Inglis (knee – finals week one); John Sutton (leg – season); Issac Luke (suspension – finals week one)

ST GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Hit by a lack of class in key areas, more so than a lack of key personnel.

Joel Thompson (hamstring – indefinite), Will Matthews (shoulder – season); Eto Nabuli (knee – indefinite)

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