Brown previews Round 7
Head coach Nathan Brown has provided an update on how his players are ahead of the Round 7 match against the Brisbane Broncos.
Joint-captain Jeremy Smith (who is sitting on 199 NRL games) looks like a slim chance of running out on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium, but there are others players waiting in the wings.
“I’d say it’s extremely unlikely that Jeremy would play,” Brown said.
“He’s got a bit of a grumbling knee that someone of his age, who has played as many games as he has would expect.
“He’s passed all concussion tests, it’s just his knee that would keep him out if he doesn’t play.”
Fellow Kiwi David Bhana picked up an ankle injury in Round 2, but his return could come a little sooner than expected.
“David Bhana is a really good possibility of coming back,” Brown explained.
“Danny Levi’s somewhat of a chance, Josh King is another young one that has been in the squad one or two times who’s a possibility as well.
“Everyone else came through the game the other day okay.”
With the Broncos sitting at the top of the competition ladder after six rounds, it will be imperative to have as many players fighting fit as possible.
“They’re fast and young, their older players like Corey Parker seem to have been around forever but are in as good a form as they’ve ever been,” Brown said of the Round 7 opponents.
“Their older players aren’t over the hill and their young halves are obviously outstanding players."
The Knights returned to the training track on Wednesday.