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Good news for Brimson; Paps to play Qld Cup

A boost for the Titans with AJ Brimson expected to face the Warriors on Friday after scans revealed only a minor rib injury for the star fullback.

Brimson was hurt during the first half of the clash against the Cowboys but returned to the field in the second half as the Titans kept their slim finals hopes alive with a gutsy win.

Fellow Titan Jojo Fifita suffered an ankle sprain in the same match and is expected to miss two weeks.

Big news out of Melbourne with star fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen (pictured) named to make his return with Sunshine Coast Falcons on Saturday night.

Papenhuyzen hasn’t played since fracturing his kneecap against the Raiders in Round 18 last year.

The 25-year-old spent time in the USA in January working with renowned reconditioning specialist Bill Knowles and has endured a long rehabilitation as he looks to get back on the field for the Storm.

Meanwhile, Sea Eagles winger Christian Tuipulotu is currently in a knee brace and is set to miss 2-3 weeks after suffering a Grade 2 MCL injury against the Dragons.

Manly teammate Taniela Paseka has undergone surgery to repair a knee injury after rupturing his medial ligament in Round 21 against the Sharks while Josh Aloiai is set for a shoulder reconstruction which will rule him out for the rest of the season.

Cronulla’s recent injury woes continued with Will Kennedy lasting just five minutes of the side’s clash with Penrith due to a torn hamstring.

Kennedy pulled up lame while running back for a kick with Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon indicating post-match that it “looks like a pretty significant hammy tear”.

He has been replaced at fullback by Connor Tracey for the Round 23 clash with Souths.

Wests Tigers will be without forwards Stefano Utoikamanu and Shawn Blore due to concussion protocols for their clash with Canberra but five-eighth Daine Laurie has overcome a leg injury that forced him from the field against the Rabbitohs in Tamworth and will take his place.

Mixed news for the Dolphins with centre Euan Aitken to miss Saturday’s clash with the Knights due to a knee injury but Connelly Lemuelu named to play despite suffering a head knock against the Bulldogs.

Aitken has a low-grade medial ligament injury that will keep him off the field for two to four weeks. The Roosters will be without forward Egan Butcher, who failed a HIA in the first half of their loss to the Broncos.

A boost for the Storm with forward leader Nelson Asofa-Solomona back on deck after missing the Eels game due to a finger injury while the Cowboys welcome back edge forward Heilum Luki from a facial fracture.

Warriors playmaker Te Maire Martin’s return from a fractured fibula has been delayed again, with coach Andrew Webster now expecting the veteran to remain sidelined until at least the end of August.

With Martin initially expected to miss eight weeks after suffering the injury in Round 7, Webster told SENZ the while the fracture is healing OK, it’s doing so at a slower rate than first anticipated.