Daniel Mortimer cut a lonely figure in the Sharks HPU yesterday going through a rehab session with club training staff.
Mortimer injured a knee playing for the Newtown Jets in round two and is likely to be sidelined for an extended period, which is the bad news for the hooker/halfback.
The good news for Sharks coach Shane Flanagan was the rest of his full time NRL squad was out on Southern Cross Group Stadium preparing for round four matches this weekend with no other significant injury issues to report.
Missing from the team which went down to the Dragons, Sosaia Feki returns, while Wade Graham, taken from the field with a concussion last Sunday, has been named and is expected to take his place in the Sharks team for the Eels clash on Saturday.
Graham will need to pass the concussion protocols before being allowed to return to the field.
Otherwise the 21 selected players have overcome the bumps and bruises from the Dragons game and are fit and available for selection on Saturday.
After being absent from the Sharks first two games Valentine Holmes made an encouraging return last weekend and should be improved by the run, while throwing a curve into the selection puzzle Gerard Beale has also trained strongly this week and comes into calculations for a return to the Cronulla backline.
The Sharks have just one training session remaining, the Captain’s run tomorrow, before the Eels game on Saturday.
The Sharks v Eels match is scheduled for a 7.00pm kick-off at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.