Physical Performance Manager, Tony Ayoub, has provided an update on the troops occupying the injured list.

In a boost for the nib Newcastle Knights, Brock Lamb is poised to exit the casualty ward.

The halfback has been sidelined for a number of weeks with a fractured cheekbone but is ready to return to the field and he's not alone.

Veteran Chris Heighington is on track to face the Roosters despite picking up a concussion last week.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Pearce has ramped up his training in a bid to return from a torn pectoral ahead of schedule.


"He's seven weeks post-surgery and doing really well," Ayoub told newcastleknights.com.au of Pearce.

"We've already got him in the gym. He's doing some light stuff.

"If you don't keep your eye on him, he's doing more than he needs to do but that's a positive thing.

"We've got him out on the field with the kickers and he's starting to pass the ball, things are certainly looking up for him.

"We're on track for that 12 to 14-week mark but you never know with Mitch, he might surprise us and come back a little earlier."

Injured players and expected return dates:

Tautau Moga (ACL, Season)

Jacob Saifiti (Shoulder, Round 24)

Mitchell Pearce (Pectoral, Round 18-21)

Jack Johns (Knee, Round 16-17)

Nathan Ross (Groin, Round 15-16)

Sam Stone (Shoulder, Round 14-15)

Brock Lamb (Cheekbone, Round 14)

Chris Heighington (Concussion, Round 14)