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Dugan could be in the mix for Raiders

Under-fire Canberra coach David Furner is hopeful he can turn to Josh Dugan as his side fight to keep alive their NRL season.
Dugan could be in the mix for Raiders
by NRL

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, July 17 AAP - Under-fire Canberra coach David Furner is hopeful he can turn to Josh Dugan as his side fight to keep alive their NRL season.

Jeered off the field following their dismal performance in last week's home defeat by Gold Coast, the 13th-placed Raiders are in danger of another season without finals football if they lose to Cronulla at Canberra Stadium on Sunday.

Dugan has not been named in Furner's 17-man squad, but returned to training this week and will be considered if he recovers from an ankle injury that's kept him out for three matches.

"He starts full training tomorrow, so I'm not going to make any decision on Duges until he completes two or three training sessions," he said.

"He's had no contact as such, so tomorrow and Thursday will be a test."

The Sharks are still without skipper Paul Gallen, who is still sidelined with an abdominal strain. Jeremy Smith is also out with a knee injury.

Brisbane youngster Lachlan Maranta will fill Dale Copley's role on the left wing for the Broncos' derby with the Titans at Skilled Park on Friday.

The Broncos lost Copley to a fractured fibula on Monday, leaving coach Anthony Griffin without three front-line backs with Jharal Yow-Yeh and Jack Reed also out.

Manly welcome back Glenn Stewart from a partially-torn medial ligament for the crunch clash with Des Hasler's Canterbury.

The Sea Eagles have not named star fullback Brett Stewart for the game which sees Hasler return to Brookvale for the first time since his acrimonious departure last year.

And Hasler predicted the NSW custodian will not be fit enough to face his in-form Bulldogs outfit.

"I expect Gifty (Glenn) to play, but I don't think they'll be risking Snake (Brett) with his hamstring injury," Hasler said.

"He (Glenn) just adds another dimension to their game, particularly with his work with the ball."

Unlike when leading the Sea Eagles, Hasler said he was impressed with the young players in the side.

"Daniel Harrison's been great, Dean Whare's been great, young Taufua on the wing has just been fantastic for them.

"That's a testament to Geoff (Toovey) and his coaching staff over there."

Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney has selected Joseph Paulo to play five-eighth following Luke Kelly's injury.

The decision is a big snub for Ben Roberts who has to be content with a place on the bench for the cellar dwellers, who face a Melbourne side who have lost their last three games.

Gareth Ellis is back for West Tigers following a three-month layoff with a foot injury, and will face North Queensland on Monday.




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