Competition - NRL Premiership Round. Round - Round 16. Teams - Newcastle Knights v St George Dragons. Date - 25th of June 2016. Venue - Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow NSW. Photographer - Paul Barkley. Description - #Alex McKinnon Cup.

Sione Mata'utia returns

Sione Mata'utia has been given the all clear to return to the field this Sunday after suffering a fractured jaw in Round 19.

He replaces Nathan Ross, who picked up a hamstring injury last weekend against the Bulldogs.

"I saw the specialist on Wednesday, and I got the all clear and the thumbs up to play this weekend," he told Knights TV.

"It's going to be a good game against the Panthers, especially at home for us."

When he first fractured his jaw a month ago, Mata'utia was afraid that he might miss the rest of the season.

"They (the medical staff) weren't really sure if I would play for the rest of the season. Luckily it was a good scan, and the injury wasn't as bad as we thought," he explained.

"I've been doing a lot of running since I've been out, just keeping my fitness up."

 

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