An interesting addition to the Sharks team and at the same time a significant omission from the casualty ward list is Anthony Tupou who moves ever-closer to a return to the field after missing almost three-months of football with a broken jaw.
Injured back in round nine against the Warriors, Tupou has worked hard on his fitness since being given the green light to resume training and he is well and truly in the frame to make his return in Sunday’s Belmore blockbuster.
Coach Shane Flanagan, Sharks medical and high performance staff and Tupou himself are all likely to have input into whether this will be the week for his NRL comeback.
In other Sharks injury news, Ben Barba has also been given the all-clear after missing the Raiders game with a minor knee problem.
Like Tupou, Barba has been named on an extended Sharks interchange bench for the Bulldogs match this weekend.
The Sharks head into the Bulldogs game with only three players from their top 25 unavailable, those being Fa’amanu Brown, Jacob Gagan and Kyle Stanley, with the trio expected to be out of action for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Only Brown is any realistic chance of a return, however Sharks medical and high performance staff will be conservative in terms of potential return to the field, hoping to have him fully fit for pre-season training and then the year to follow.