There has been good news and bad news for the Gold Coast Titans on the injury front this morning as Justin Holbrook gets ready to name his team to take on the Broncos in the Queensland Derby at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
In positive news for the Titans, new fullback Corey Thompson has cleared the first stage of his HIA return-to-play protocols, and remains on track to play against Brisbane.
Thompson, Titan No.156, had his much-anticipated debut for the Gold Coast cut short when he was concussed by a high tackle against the Dragons on Saturday.
Thompson left the field after just 24 minutes and did not return, the first of a host of injuries that left the Titans with only one fit player on the bench in the second half.
Phil Sami was another player to succumb to injury against the Dragons, but the flying winger is recovering well from a corked quad, and is expected to be named to play the Broncos.
Experienced utility Tyrone Roberts is also expected to be back on deck after battling persistent ankle problems over the past few weeks.
The news was not so positive for Titans centre Young Tonumaipea, with scans this morning confirming that he has suffered a Grade 2 medial ligament injury. He will now consult medical specialists about an expected return-to-play date.
It is disappointing news for Tonumaipea, who has been impressive since arriving at the Club in May and forcing his way into the starting team in the win over the Tigers.
It will be all hands on deck for the Titans this week, with backline stocks running low due to a glut of injuries.
Dale Copley is racing the clock to be fit after picking up an ankle injury against Souths, and will undergo a full fitness test session before the Titans team is announced to finalise his availability for selection against the Broncos.
Gold Coast’s other injury concern is winger Jonus Pearson, who is consulting specialists after suffering a pectoral strain at training last week.