INJURY UPDATE | Finals Week 2

A corked thigh suffered by Valentine Holmes last Sunday afternoon is the only injury concern facing the Sharks ahead of their semi-final clash with the Cowboys on Saturday.

Holmes was injured in the opening minutes of the Sharks match against Souths but soldiered on for almost an hour in making another strong contribution to the team performance.

He underwent scans on Monday and was restricted to light duties at training earlier today, however the exciting youngster is expected to be fit to tackle the North Queensland side ahead of the game this weekend.

Otherwise the Sharks have been given a clean bill of health, with the other 17 selected players taking to the field this morning for a ball work and skill session.

Any fears over the fitness of the likes of Ben Barba, Sam Tagataese, Luke Lewis and Anthony Tupou, players who have had niggling injury concerns over the past month, were put to rest with the quartet all training strongly.

Should the Sharks progress on Saturday and were there any injury problems to come out of the Cowboys game, all back-ups are fit and ready to go, with David Fifita, Tinirau Arona, Blake Ayshford, Mitch Brown, Todd Murphy, Pat Politoni, Junior Roqica and Sami Sauiluma training alongside the 18 selected for the match this weekend.

As for the long term injured, Jacob Gagan will commence field running next week as he continues his recovery from a torn Achilles. Gagan and Fa’amanu Brown will both be 100 per cent ahead of the start of pre-season training later in the year.