The Sharks will be without Josh Dugan for their local derby clash with the St George Illawarra Dragons at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium tomorrow.
Dugan was ruled out late this afternoon after reporting hamstring tightness and with a risk of further injury and considering a short turn around to the Sharks following game next Friday, the decision was made by medical staff to take him out of this weekend’s game.
It was hoped Dugan would only spend one week on the sideline and will be available to play his teams round 12 match against the Broncos.
The loss of Dugan is a disappointment to the team but also on a personal level with the match on Saturday night against the Dragons set to be his 200th in the NRL in a career dating back to 2009.
Dugan joined the Sharks in 2018 and has played 45 games for the Cronulla club.
After missing the opening two games of the season due to ongoing knee issues, Dugan had played all eight games for the Sharks since the season resumption.
Dugan’s replacement is likely to be Bryson Goodwin, with coach John Morris to then finalise his 19-man squad prior to today’s 5.30pm team entry deadline.
Morris will reveal his final 17-man team tomorrow one-hour ahead of kick off to the round 11 match.
The Sharks reported no other injury concerns amongst the selected team following their final training run at PointsBet Stadium earlier today.