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nib Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown has reduced his squad to 19 for Friday’s match against the Penrith Panthers at Pepper Stadium.

Brendan Elliot and Anthony Tupou drop off the extended bench.

Elliot has been monitored and undergone concussion protocol testing since last weekend’s match.

While showing improvements, the medical team ruled him out on Thursday.

Peter Mata'utia shifts to fullback.

The 17-man team will be announced at 5pm on Friday, stay tuned!