INJURY UPDATE: Round 14
There was plenty of cause for concern when Sosaia Feki limped from the field during the early stages of the second half of the Sharks last gasp win over the Bulldogs on Monday night.
Feki took no further part in the contest, however ironically it was his replacement Ricky Leutele who scored the game-winning try in the 80th minute of the match.
The indications at the time were that Feki had strained a groin strain, with the extent of the injury unknown. Since Monday night the initial injury analysis has been confirmed but the diagnosis is favourable, with Feki named in the Sharks side to take on the Cowboys in a Monday night blockbuster at Southern Cross Group Stadium.
The Sharks winger, who has eight tries in 12 appearances so far this year, will be monitored throughout the week, with the long turn-around to the Monday night game helping his chances of being fit and available for the game.
In other Sharks injury news, Matt Prior was left out of Shane Flanagan’s team when it was announced on Tuesday, with his knee injury slowly improving and responding to treatment. Such is Prior’s importance to the Sharks side in 2016 the versatile forward won’t be rushed back until he is 100 per cent fit.
Also on the injury front, the return of Sharks NRL squad member Josh Cleeland has been put back another week, with the former Ipswich player battling a high ankle strain.
In strong form for the Sharks Intrust Super Premiership team the Newtown Jets, Cleeland is hoping to be available to play in round 15.
The news on Junior Roqica isn’t quite as bright, with the big front rower sidelined indefinitely with a foot injury. Roqica will see Sharks medical staff and have further scans early next week to determine his injury treatment moving forward and a time frame for his return.
While the Sharks are relatively injury free, their opponents on Monday night can report a similar clean bill of health.
The Cowboys have no injuries to report amongst their NRL squad and will field their Grand Final 17 against the Sharks in the big game on Monday.