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Burgess in frame for return

David Beniuk 28/03/2011 07:50:33 PM Comments (0)

English star Sam Burgess is being considered for a return in South Sydney's NRL clash with Manly in Gosford on Friday night.

Burgess trained strongly with the Rabbitohs on Monday, taking a big step in his recovery from a shoulder injury suffered in round one.

The bump to the same shoulder which required surgery last November was set to sideline the 22-year-old for 2-4 weeks but with backrower Eddy Pettybourne potentially missing three games through suspension the club has to decide whether to bring Burgess back at the early end of that diagnosis.

"He (Burgess) was getting around like a little school kid again," second-row partner Dave Taylor told reporters at Souths training.

"I know he's itching to get back but I think he's going to take the safe way in coming back, he's not going to rush himself."

Pettybourne has been charged with a grade two dangerous throw for a tackle on Parramatta centre Ryan Morgan last Friday night.

He will miss three weeks if he enters an early guilty plea and four if he unsuccessfully defends the charge at the NRL judiciary.

The Rabbitohs have until midday on Tuesday to decide on their call.

"I didn't think there was much in it, I don't think there was 3-4 weeks in it," Taylor said.

"Being out there seeing it right next to me, I thought it wasn't too bad."

Forwards Ben Lowe (foot) and Scott Geddes (Achilles) are already on the injury list for Souths as they contemplate their side for the Bluetongue Stadium clash with the Sea Eagles.

Taylor's left-side combination with star recruit Greg Inglis began paying dividends in the 32-18 win over the Eels and they are keen to repeat the dose against Manly.

"He definitely gave me an easier game, I know that," Taylor said of Inglis' one try, two-assist performance.

"I sort of shut my mouth and let him do a lot of his work.

"He's a wonderful player and hopefully we'll see better things to come from him.

"We'll just play each game the way they come and we'll both just keep playing our own games, we won't try and do anything fancy.

"That's one thing Langy (coach John Lang) spoke to us about, not overdoing things and just playing confident, consistent football."

Hooker Issac Luke (concussion) and fullback Rhys Wesser (hamstring) are both expected to be right for Friday night's match.

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