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Sidelined Sami shaping up for Broncos derby

It's been a welcomed sight at Titans training this week with Phil Sami out of the rehab group and joining the full squad after an extended stint on the sidelines due to injury.

The Gold Coast flyer aggravated his pre-existing left knee PCL tear in the Round 11 clash against the Cronulla Sharks and has been working hard with club medicos to get fit and firing before taking to the field once again.

This has meant the star back has spent a few extra weeks away from the main squad, but in positive news, Sami is set to return as early as next week. 

"I'm feeling alright. I started running two weeks ago, so I'm getting a good mix of running again and I should be back in the next week or so," Sami said.

"I think this is my seventh week out now, so I reckon another week and then I'll be back against the Broncos hopefully, but it's feeling pretty good at the moment."

It has been a tough period away from the game, not being able to help his side notch up wins, but the 24-year-old's big focus has been getting himself right so he can play a crucial role upon his return.

"It does really suck sitting on the sidelines, but the only thing I can do is control the things I can control and that's getting my knee right and doing the right things off the field to make sure when I do come back, I'm flying," Sami said.

"The whole idea of having the extra weeks off was to make sure I'm 100 percent and not playing at 70 or 80 percent.

"Planning to have around eight weeks off has helped a lot and I will be confident when I do come back."

It's good news for coach Justin Holbrook, who will have almost a full roster to choose from for the Round 18 blockbuster against the Broncos at Cbus Super Stadium; and in a further positive, Jayden Campbell is on track to return shortly, progressing well through his end stage rehab process and is expected to begin integrating with team skills next week. 

Read the full injury report here.

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