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Pilot Medical Update – Toby Rudolf

Sharks prop Toby Rudolf is set to spend at extended period on the sidelines after suffering a foot/toe injury in his teams loss to the Warriors last weekend.

Rudolf suffered the injury during his second stint on the field on Sunday, with subsequent scans revealing damage to his first MTP joint (great toe).

After undergoing surgery on Tuesday, the rehabilitation process will result in a recovery period of approximately three months before Rudolf would be fit to return.

The injury is a blow for the Sharks, with Rudolf’s energy and high work rate a feature of his play.

The Sharks have the bye this weekend, with coaching staff to assess available replacements ahead of the next game which is against the Roosters on Friday week.

Oregon Kaufusi is on track to return after missing the Warriors game following a concussion the week prior, Tom Hazelton has been in strong form for the Newtown Jets in the NSW Cup, while the Sharks recently acquired the services of rangy former Rooster’s prop Tuku Hau Tapuha.

Wade Graham also becomes available after serving a four-match suspension, although Dale Finucane will be sidelined for three weeks after taking the early guilty plea on a dangerous contact charge from the Warriors game.

Young forward Jesse Colquhoun, who broke a bone in his foot in the pre-season trials is nearing a return, as is outside back Matt Ikuvalu who has been back training with the main NRL group over the past few weeks after rehabbing a serious knee injury suffered towards the end of last season.

Fullback Kade Dykes is progressing through his rehabilitation process after rupturing his ACL in the pre-season, however his return to play won’t take place until the 2024 season.

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