Parramatta have been hit by an NRL injury crisis with Manu Ma’u joining the likes of Lee Mossop, Will Hopoate and Ken Sio on the sidelines.
Resurgent Parramatta have been hit with an injury crisis, the NRL club confirming on Tuesday in-form forward Manu Ma’u will miss 10 weeks with an arm injury.
Ma’u is joined on the sidelines ahead of the Eels round 16 clash with Newcastle on Sunday by Lee Mossop, who is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury incurred against Melbourne on the weekend.
Star centre Will Hopoate is also out for at least two more weeks due to a shoulder complaint he picked up in NSW’s State of Origin II win last Wednesday.
Winger Ken Sio is also out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
Hooker Nathan Peats won’t play again this season after having surgery on an ACL injury, while back-up hooker Kaysa Pritchard is out of action for an indefinite period with a shoulder injury.
Jacob Loko hasn’t played a game this season due to a knee injury, while utility back Justin Hunt will miss four more weeks with a back injury.
Eels coach Brad Arthur has named Mitchell Allgood, Darcy Lussick, David Gower, Kelepi Tanginoa and Peni Terepo on an extended bench for the Knights match.
In other team news, Justin Hodges returns for Brisbane’s Friday night match with Cronulla.
Dale Copley moves to the wing and Lachlan Maranta is pushed out of the side. Corey Oates starts in place of Queensland back-rower Matt Gillett (shoulder).
Anthony Milford has been named at fullback for Canberra’s match against the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday.
Nathan Merritt has retained his spot in coach Michael Maguire’s South Sydney side to play North Queensland in Townsville, with Lote Tuqiri missing out.
Penrith back-rower Adam Docker (concussion) is back for Sunday’s trip to play the Warriors in Auckland with Bryce Cartwright on an extended bench.
Trent Merrin (knee) will sit out St George Illawarra’s Monday night fixture against Melbourne with Jack de Bellin moving to lock.