Paul Gallen completed some of Tuesday’s training session before retiring to the dressing room to rest up his injured ribs, with his status for Saturday’s game against the Cowboys still unclear.
Gallen was injured in the first half of the State of Origin game 2 and while he battled on bravely the painful rib cartilage problem kept him out of the Sharks win over the Knights.
After retiring early from training Gallen was hopeful rather than confident of being fit this weekend, with Coach Shane Flanagan naming the Sharks skipper in jersey 18 for the Cowboys clash.
In some good news on the injury front Sosaia Feki, replaced by Ben Barba in the second half of the match against the Knights, ran strongly yesterday and completed all training tasks and is a certain starter this weekend.
As for Blake Ayshford, missing on Sunday due to a back injury, the issue continues to give him problems and he has also been made unavailable for selection for either the NRL or NSW Cup teams.
A round 17 return is hoped for Ayshford.
In further positive developments, Anthony Tupou has again become a regular at Sharks headquarters as he increases his training load and while a predicted date for his return has yet to be revealed, the signs are good that the experienced back rower will be back on the paddock in the not-too-distant future.
Fa’amanu Brown is another looking good in his rehabilitation and the young utility may become available before the end of the 2015 season.
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