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Injury Update: Round 18

Team physiotherapist Kenny Michalopoulos provides an update with the latest injuries at the Wests Tigers heading into Round 18.

Stefano Utoikamanu suffered a left scaphoid (wrist) fracture last weekend against Parramatta and is expected to miss between 6-8 weeks.

Utoikamanu: Playing through the pain
Utoikamanu: Playing through the pain

Joe Ofahengaue failed to complete the game against the Eels due to severe cramping but has recovered well and is named to start on Sunday against the Panthers.

Tommy Talau is progressing well with his end stage ACL rehab phase and will likely begin to commence some team integration and skills training over the next few weeks.

Shawn Blore is also progressing nicely having now commenced some agility training and gradually building some speed into his running.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Peter Lorentzos also provides an update on Alex Twal. Twal has not played since Round 15 after suffering a serious head knock against the Bulldogs.

Twal: Game 100 vs Canterbury
Twal: Game 100 vs Canterbury

“Alex has recovered very well from his latest concussion and is back running.

This latest concussion, however, is Alex’s third this season (including pre-season), and following advice given by concussion specialists, the club will be taking a conservative approach and believe it’s in Alex’s best interest to miss the remainder of this season.”

Twal is remaining positive despite the news, ”I’m disappointed but I know it’s the right thing to do."

The club and the medical staff are all doing the right things for me and my health and I really appreciate that."

Alex Twal

Alex will see another concussion specialist in August.

The inaugural Royce Simmons Cup is up for grabs this Sunday as part of the club's Legends Round when Wests Tigers play Penrith Panthers at CommBank Stadium. 

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