25 Jul 2012

Stewart and Slater to return to NRL, Hayne out for the season

6:19 am on 25 July 2012

The Manly Sea Eagles could be boosted by the return of their star fullback, Brett Stewart, for this weekend's NRL match against the New Zealand Warriors in Perth.

Stewart suffered a hamstring injury three weeks ago, and while he hasn't been named in the Manly side to take on the Warriors, the coach, Geoff Toovey, says he'll travel to Western Australia with the team and be given every chance to play.

The Sea Eagles are two places ahead of the Warriors on the NRL ladder, in 7th place.

Meanwhile, the Melbourne Storm fullback, Billy Slater, will re-join the team in their match against the St George Illawarra Dragons on Friday night.

Slater injured his knee during State of Origin game two, and will be a welcome addition to the Storm side who are hoping to break a four-game losing streak.

The Cronulla Sharks captain, Paul Gallen, has been named to play this week after missing last week's thrashing to Canberra with an abdominal strain.

But the news isn't so good for the Parramatta Eels, with fullback Jarred Hayne ruled out for the remainder of the season with a medial ligament injury to his right knee.

Hayne will undergo surgery today to repair the tear, and could also miss the Kangaroos' one-off Test against New Zealand in October.

The Kiwis and Wests Tigers captain, Benji Marshall, will be given until the weekend to prove his fitness after injuring his toe and thumb, while three of his injured teammates, Curtis Sironen, Tim Moltzen and Ben Murdoch-Masila, are unlikely to play in Sunday's clash with South-Sydney.