Wests Tigers Head Coach Michael Maguire says he's hopeful that the injuries sustained to Robbie Farah and Moses Mbye on Saturday night aren't long-term issues for his side as they prepare for a short turnaround to face Manly this Thursday.
Farah (knee) and Mbye (quad/hip) were both taken off inside the opening 20 minutes of Saturday night's heartbreaking defeat to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs with neither player returning to the action in the second half.
With both players set for scans on Sunday to determine the full extend of their injuries, Maguire said he was hopeful for good news for the key duo.
"I'll have to wait for the scans," Maguire said.
"We're not 100% sure with Robbie but they seem t think it will just be a medial issue just inside the knee so fingers crossed we get decent news out of that one.
"He stayed out there, but he just got to a point where he couldn't keep running.
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"Credit to him, he didn't want to come off and he tried everything possible.
"I'm sure he'll be back — he won't let that finish him, I'm sure," he said.
"He'll get scans and he was pretty positive in there in the sheds."
Having picked up a slight strain in the warm-up, Maguire said he was happy with the decision to let captain Moses Mbye take to the field after being passed fit by the club's medical staff — only to be taken off after eight minutes of play.
"He had a slight strain in his hip flexor throughout the warm-up," Maguire said.
"He [Moses] felt it was okay but once he took off at top speed, unfortunately it gave way at the start of the game.
“I’ll to talk to the doctor and physios around the future possibilities.
"I spoke to the doctors and physios [prior to the game] and he felt like he was fine.
"They tested him and they thought he was going to be ok so it was just unfortunate.”
Maguire conceded that with a five-day turnaround ahead of Thursday's clash with the Sea Eagles, both players could struggle to take to the field with their injuries.
Having just inked a new contract with the club, Jacob Liddle would be in line to replace Farah if needed after Elijah Taylor filled the role on Saturday night.
Match: Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers
Round 22 -
Venue: Lottoland, Sydney