Wests Tigers Head Coach Michael Maguire has confirmed good news regarding the potential return of Chris Lawrence after the veteran forward's serious broken jaw suffered in pre-season.
The club's all-time leading try-scorer, Lawrence has not played at all this season after suffering serious jaw and facial injuries in late February the lead up to Wests Tigers' trial match against the New Zealand Warriors in Whangarei.
After numerous surgeries, the 30-year-old has now returned to training and contact drills, with Maguire hopeful of having the forward available in the coming weeks.
"He's doing really well," Maguire told reporters today.
"It be nice to get him back as soon as possible because of the person he is.
"He may be two to three weeks away, but he’s been training really well.
Lawrence on track to return soon for Wests Tigers
"He’s been doing a bit of contact now so it's hopefully very soon.
“He ran around yesterday and ran into a few players," he added. "I think all the boys stood back and watched it but he wanted more so it's a good sign there.”
Maguire also provided an update on injured five-eighth Josh Reynolds, who will likely be available for selection once more following the team's Round 12 bye.
Reynolds suffered a knee injury in his side's win over the Gold Coast Titans in Tamworth, but will be eying off a return to the action in Round 13 as Wests Tigers play their first home game at Bankwest Stadium against the Canberra Raiders.
Josh Aloiai (concussion) was the only other key player ruled out in the side's win over Penrith in Round 9, with the Kiwi forward back available for selection now.
Wests Tigers will name their 21-man squad to face the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on Thursday, May 16 at 4:00pm AEST on Tuesday afternoon.
Match: Storm v Wests Tigers
Round 10 -
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne