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NRL Casualty Ward: Aitken suffers pec injury; Surgery for Hynes, Koula

Dolphins back-rower Euan Aitken suffered a suspected ruptured pec during the first half of Thursday night's game at Kayo Stadium.

Aitken came reeling out of a tackle in the 19th minute clutching his arm and left the field immediately.

The Dolphins also lost Kodi Nikorima to a sternum injury in the second half, with the playmaker telling Channel Nine post-match that he will need to manage the injury through the remainder of the season and may need painkilling injections.

Cronulla halfback Nicho Hynes has had surgery to repair the ankle he injured at training on Monday.

"It has been confirmed that Nicho has a complete syndesmosis rupture, plus a tibia fracture to his left ankle," Sharks head of performance Nathan Pickworth .

"He will undergo surgery tomorrow (Wednesday), with an estimated return to the field of approximately eight weeks."

Manly fullback Tolu Koula is also set to undergo surgery and be sidelined until Round 25 with after picking up an MCL injury in his side's win over the Cowboys. 

The outside back had scans Monday to confirm the severity of the injury and will be out for six weeks.

Meanwhile NSW centre Bradman Best has declared he is fit to play in the Origin decider after being sent for precautionary scans on Monday morning. 

The 22-year-old pulled up with hamstring tightness after Newcastle's win over the Knights on Sunday.

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"I just pulled up a bit tight from yesterday's game," Best said. "I flagged it with our physios and they obviously reported it to the Blues physios here. We're all good."

Best was selected to replace injured NSW star Latrell Mitchell, who suffered a Lisfranc injury in South Sydney's win over the Eels and is facing 4-6 weeks on the sideline.

Mitchell was reviewed by a surgeon on Tuesday and a decision made to manage his left midfoot injury conservatively, meaning he will not require surgery.

The Rabbitohs said Mitchell would get another scan and review in a fortnight’s time to ensure the injury is progressing.

Maroons coach Billy Slater has been forced to revamp his backline for the July 17 Origin decider after Cowboys winger Murray Taulagi was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Taulagi, who suffered the injury in Saturday night's loss to Manly, joins fellow Queensland winger Xavier Coates on the sidelines after the Storm star tore his hamstring last week.

Roosters forward Victor Radley has entered the NRL's 11-day concussion protocol after being deemed a Category 1 HIA following an attempted tackle on St George Illawarra's Christian Tuipulotu on Sunday at Allianz Stadium.

The Titans welcome Jayden Campbell (hand), Klese Haas (heel) and Phil Sami (calf) back for their showdown with the Eels while the Dragons get Raymond Faitala-Mariner (back spasms), Jesse Marschke (hamstring) and Jack Bird (ankle) back for their clash with the Broncos.

The Broncos have lost halfback Jock Madden to a hamstring injury but welcome back centre Kotoni Staggs after he missed the Panthers game for personal reasons and back-rower Jordan Riki from suspension.

Warriors fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and wingers Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Marcelo Montoya failed to finish Saturday's match against the Bulldogs at Accor Stadium. 

Nicoll-Klokstad injured his calf in the first half and came from the field in the 39th minute, with medical staff ruling him out during the break, while Watene-Zelezniak was deemed to be a category 1 HIA early in the second half.

Montoya battled on bravely with a groin injury before coming from the field midway through the second half.

Bulldogs second-rower Jaeman Salmon has undergone suffered in a head clash with Warriors halfback Te Maire Martin and will be sidelined for six weeks.

Further bad news for the Bulldogs following the NSW Cup game on Saturday with Englishman Ryan Sutton sustaining a tear to his patella tendon which will require a reconstruction while Blake Taaffe needs surgery on a syndesmosis injury and is looking at an eight-week recovery period.

Eels prop Junior Paulo suffered a Lisfranc injury in his right foot in the loss to Souths and will consult a specialist, with that he is likely to miss 8-10 weeks.

Paulo's injury comes just days after the Eels announced winger Maika Sivo will miss the next six weeks of the season following a hamstring injury picked up in the Round 17 loss to the Knights. 

The Fijian international as he returned from another hamstring injury which had sidelined him for several weeks. 

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Brisbane Broncos

  • Jock Madden (hamstring, TBC)
  • Kotoni Staggs (personal, Round 19)
  • Jordan Riki (suspended, Round 19)
  • Adam Reynolds (biceps, Round 22-23)
  • Fletcher Baker (knee, Round 22-23)
  • Jack Gosiewski (arm, finals)
  • Ben Te Kura (lisfranc, late season)

Canberra Raiders

  • Nick Cotric (ankle, TBC)
  • Jordan Martin (concussion, TBC)
  • Jamal Fogarty (biceps, Round 20)
  • Zac Hosking (shoulder, Round 21-22)
  • Pasami Saulo (back, indefinite)
  • Corey Harawira-Naera (seizure/medical, indefinite)

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

  • Jacob Preston (foot, Round 19)
  • Daniel Suluka-Fifita (knee, Round 19)
  • Drew Hutchison (hamstring, Round 22)
  • Josh Addo-Carr (hamstring, Round 23)
  • Jaeman Salmon (jaw, Round 25)
  • Karl Oloapu (neck, indefinite)
  • Blake Taaffe (ankle, finals)
  • Ryan Sutton (knee, 2025)

Cronulla Sharks

  • Jack Williams (wrist, TBC)
  • Sione Katoa (concussion, Round 19)
  • Siosifa Talakai (suspended, Round 21)
  • Nicho Hynes (ankle, Round 26)
  • Kade Dykes (knee, 2025)


  • Euan Aitken (pectoral, TBC)
  • Kodi Nikorima (sternum, TBC)
  • Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (shoulder, Origin 3)
  • Kurt Donoghoe (suspended, Round 22)
  • Jeremy Marshall-King (foot, Round 25-27)
  • Tom Flegler (shoulder, indefinite)
  • Tom Gilbert (knee, 2025)

Gold Coast Titans

  • Jayden Campbell (hand, Round 19)
  • Klese Haas (foot, Round 19)
  • AJ Brimson (groin, Round 19) 
  • Phil Sami (calf, Round 19)
  • Tony Francis (shoulder, TBC)
  • Jaimin Jolliffe (pectoral, Round 24)
  • Tino Fa'asuamaleaui (knee, 2025)

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

  • Corey Waddell (ankle, Round 19)
  • Ben Trbojevic (concussion protocol, Round 20)
  • Taniela Paseka (thumb, TBC)
  • Aaron Woods (calf, TBC)
  • Matt Lodge (biceps, Round 24)
  • Tolu Koula (knee, Round 25)
  • Lachlan Croker (neck, indefinite)
  • Jake Arthur (foot, 2025)

Melbourne Storm

  • Nelson Asofa-Solomona (hamstring, TBC)
  • Bronson Garlick (back, TBC)
  • Harry Grant (rested, Round 20)
  • Nick Meaney (calf, Round 20)
  • Tristan Powell (knee, Round 20)
  • Marion Seve (hamstring, Round 21-22)
  • Cameron Munster (groin, Round 21-22)
  • Young Tonumaipea (calf, Round 21-22)
  • Xavier Coates (hamstring, Round 23-25)
  • Jonah Pezet (knee, 2025)

Newcastle Knights

  • Phoenix Crossland (concussion protocol, Round 20)
  • Enari Tuala (calf, TBC)
  • Tyson Gamble (foot, Round 20-22)

North Queensland Cowboys

  • Semi Valemei (ankle, Round 19)
  • Jamayne Taunoa-Brown (Achilles, mid-season)
  • Coen Hess (knee, 2025)
  • Zac Laybutt (knee, 2025)

Parramatta Eels

  • Junior Paulo (foot, TBC)
  • Ofahiki Ogden (pectoral, Round 19)
  • Haze Dunster (foot, Round 20)
  • Kelma Tuilagi (thumb, Round 22-23)
  • Maika Sivo (hamstring, Round 23)
  • J'maine Hopgood (back, indefinite)
  • Arthur Miller-Stephen (knee, 2025)
  • Bailey Simonsson (knee, 2025)

Penrith Panthers

  • Daine Laurie (hamstring, TBC)
  • Jesse McLean (head knock, TBC)
  • Nathan Cleary (hamstring, Round 20)
  • Luke Garner (hamstring, Round 20)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

  • Siliva Havili (calf, Round 20)
  • Tevita Tatola (foot, Round 20)
  • Dean Hawkins (quad, Round 21)
  • Latrell Mitchell (foot, Round 23)
  • Lachlan Ilias (leg, indefinite)
  • Tyrone Munro (collarbone, indefinite)
  • Campbell Graham (sternum, indefinite)

St George Illawarra Dragons

  • Raymond Faitala-Mariner (back, Round 19)
  • Hame Sele (shoulder, Round 19)
  • Jesse Marschke (hamstring, Round 19)
  • Mat Feagai (shoulder, TBC)
  • Cody Ramsey (illness, indefinite)
  • Corey Allan (knee, 2025)

Sydney Roosters

  • Victor Radley (concussion protocol, Round 20)
  • Joseph Sua'ali'i (suspended, Round 20)
  • Joseph Manu (hand, Round 22)
  • Junior Pauga (suspension, Round 22)
  • Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (suspension, Round 25)
  • Billy Smith (ankle, indefinite)
  • Robert Toia (knee, late season)
  • Egan Butcher (knee, 2025)


  • Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (calf, TBC)
  • Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (head knock, TBC)
  • Marcelo Montoya (groin, TBC)
  • Paul Roache (ankle, Round 20)
  • Zyon Maiu'u (ankle, Round 21)
  • Shaun Johnson (Achilles, Round 21-22)
  • Rocco Berry (shoulder, indefinite)
  • Tohu Harris (wrist, indefinite)
  • Luke Metcalf (fractured leg, late season)

Wests Tigers

  • Justin Olam (knee, TBC)
  • Alex Twal (head knock, TBC)
  • Starford To'a (hamstring, Round 19)
  • Junior Tupou (foot, Round 20)
  • Isaiah Papali'i (ankle, Round 20)
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