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Elbowed Lewis, Priddis cleared to play

By Steve Jancetic 02/06/2008 08:16:52 PM Comments (0)

Penrith duo Luke Lewis and Luke Priddis have both been cleared to play this weekend after falling victim to stray Luke O'Donnell elbows on Saturday night.

O'Donnell is facing six matches on the sidelines as a result of the two incidents, but Lewis and Priddis are both expected to take the field against Cronulla on Sunday afternoon.

The news comes as welcome relief for Lewis given he is also battling it out with the likes of Canberra three-quarter Joel Monaghan for a NSW call-up, the Blues side to be named early Tuesday morning.

"There was a bit of concern with Lewis given he was hit in the neck area, but both he and Luke Priddis (jaw) took part in our recovery session and looked okay," a Panthers spokesman said.

"Tony Puletua also had a strained bicep but all three of those boys will be right this weekend."

Another victim of foul play, Canberra's Troy Thompson is also set to line up against Parramatta despite a knee injury.

Thompson's knee buckled after falling awkwardly as a result of a high tackle which saw Adam Cuthbertson sent off.

Cronulla's depth in the outside backs is set to be tested with centre David Simmons in extreme doubt after dislocating his shoulder in Sunday's win over the Gold Coast.

Simmons underwent scans on Monday, the results of which will come through Tuesday, but he is likely to join fullback Brett Kearney (ankle) as a spectator for the clash with the Panthers.

The depleted Bulldogs are unlikely to get much relief for their match against Newcastle with Sonny Bill Williams (knee) Jarrad Hickey (hamstring), Chris Armit (knee) and winger Matt Utai (ribs) all set to miss at least another week.

Five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth is considered some chance of returning from a leg injury.

The biggest selection story on Tuesday is likely to come out of the St George Illawarra camp with dual international Wendell Sailor set to be named to play his first NRL match since 2001.

Sailor, who joined the Dragons at the completion of a two-year drug ban last month, is in line for a run on the wing against Brisbane on Friday night with St George Illawarra centres Matt Cooper and Mark Gasnier certain to be named in the NSW side.

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