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Early team news for Round 2

Wests Tigers are set to welcome back five-eighth Adam Doueihi from suspension in Round 2 after the playmaker missed his side's season opener against the Canberra Raiders on Sunday.

Doueihi was sidelined in Round 1 from a charge stemming in the final game of the 2020 season but will return to the side this Sunday as Michael Maguire's men look to bounce back against the top-of-the-table Sydney Roosters.

Having trained the off-season at five-eighth alongside Luke Brooks in the halves, the Balmain junior will likely return in the number six jersey for Sunday's clash, which was worn by versatile utility Moses Mbye against the Raiders.

With Daine Laurie strong again at the back, plenty of eyes will be on the make up of Wests Tigers' spine when announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Daine Laurie
Daine Laurie ©NRL Photos

With a hand in both his side's tries and strong form with his two conversion attempts on Sunday, Brooks will bring up his 150th game in Wests Tigers colours this week — becoming the first halfback in club history to reach the milestone mark.

Despite Zane Musgrove not available from his suspension for another week, Wests Tigers will again have a strong squad of players to choose from this week with Shawn Blore (wrist) and Billy Walters (knee) the only players unavailable.

James Tamou and James Roberts both copped minor knocks against the Raiders, but Maguire confirmed after the match that the pair would be right for Round 2.

The Roosters, however, will likely have a number of changes for the game with injuries and suspensions affecting the Tricolours after their strong Round 1 win.

Angus Crichton is unavailable after he picked up a one-game suspension and will join Blues forward Victor Radley on the sidelines as he serves the second game of his suspension. Utility Adam Keighran's wrist injury will also rule him out of Sunday's game — potentially opening the door for rookie Sam Walker to make his debut.

Freddy Lussick is tipped to come into the side for captain Jake Friend after he copped a head knock in the Roosters' big win, with Sam Verrills not yet returned from the long-term knee injury that ruled him out of the 2020 campaign.

Talented youngster Joseph Suaalii is also available for selection after the NRL granted an exemption for the 17-year-old to be able to make his debut.

Both sides will name their 21-man squads for Sunday's game at 4:00pm AEDT on Tuesday before providing an updated 19-man squad at 4:05pm on Saturday.

Final teams will then be confirmed one hour before kickoff (3:05pm, Sunday).

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