Michael Chammas July 13, 2012
Trouble … a hurt Glenn Stewart quits the field.
SEA EAGLES coach Geoff Toovey is not confident Glenn Stewart will recover from a knee injury in time for the game against the Knights tomorrow evening.
Stewart was named at lock for the clash at Hunter Stadium, but is unlikely to be risked.
''He hasn't trained with us this week so we're probably going to give him another week to get it right,'' Toovey said. ''We were hopeful but it's probably not worth the risk. Daniel Harrison has been doing a good job for us there.''
A flu is going around the Sea Eagles camp but it is not expected to force any changes. Jorge Taufua has been given the nod to play, despite suffering a corked quad last week.
Newcastle are expected to be as named, with Kyle O'Donnell (concussion) and Chris Adams (ribs) out.
Parramatta hooker Matt Keating will miss the remainder of the season with a bulging disc in his back, handing Nathan Smith another crack at dummy-half. Tim Mannah has been hampered with the flu this week but is expected to play the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium tonight.
The Bulldogs have no injury concerns, with Greg Eastwood to return to the side after missing last Friday night's game against the Tigers to attend the birth of his child.
Brisbane have confirmed Dunamis Lui as their 18th man for tonight's clash with the Warriors.
The Warriors, missing Konrad Hurrell, are likely to remain as named on Tuesday.
Melbourne will be without Billy Slater for their showdown with the Cowboys at AAMI Park tomorrow evening, but welcome back hooker Cameron Smith. Craig Bellamy is still deciding the make-up of their bench, with three players to be omitted.
The only concern for North Queensland is halfback Ray Thompson, who has a shoulder injury. Michael Morgan will travel with the team in case the No.7 fails to prove his fitness.
Wests Tigers have not named a replacement for the suspended Adam Blair, but Joel Reddy is likely to come onto the bench for their clash with the Panthers tomorrow night.
Penrith still have one to omit from their bench.
Gold Coast will definitely be without Greg Bird, and possibly even Nate Myles, for Sunday afternoon's game against the Raiders. Myles will have a fitness test tomorrow on an injured sternum. Luke Bailey is a confirmed starter, back from a rib injury.
Sam Mataora is likely to remain 18th man for Canberra.
St George Illawarra's Origin players returned to training yesterday, with Ben Creagh expected to play after a nasty head gash suffered in the final game of the series.
Their opponents on Sunday afternoon, Cronulla, have also have a flu spreading around camp. It kept Colin Best and Isaac Gordon from playing last week, and now Isaac De Gois, Matthew Wright and Jon Green are in some doubt. NSW Origin captain Paul Gallen will not play.
The Roosters, who will be without suspended prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for Monday's meeting with the Rabbitohs, are expected to welcome back Braith Anasta (face). Mose Masoe or Lama Tasi will move to the starting side. Souths have no concerns at this stage. Their bench is yet to be decided.