Behind Enemy Lines: Slater's injury concern and Hoffman's cautious approach

We dived into enemy territory to bring you the latest from the Melbourne Storm camp ahead of their clash against the nib Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.

The Storm named several changes to their line-up this week, with Billy Slater and Will Chambers both selected in the starting line-up after missing their Round 14 clash against the Brisbane Broncos.

Jesse Bromwich is set to miss the trip to Newcastle after suffering a hamstring injury, with future Knight Tim Glasby pulling on the #8 jersey.

Coach Craig Bellamy has expressed his concern for Billy Slater's return, stating on the Melbourne Storm website that the Storm' medical team has been closely watching Slater's performance during training, but are conscious of provoking further injury due to a premature return to the side.

"I wouldn't say we are confident," stated Bellamy.

"I wouldn't say we are not confident either.

"Our medical team has said that he is very close, he was close for Origin, and close for us last week... however our medical staff have been on the conservative side with him."



Melbourne forward Ryan Hoffman expressed concern for the newly found defensive form of the Knights and was cautious that the Storm will struggle to match their Round 6 performance.

"Newcastle are a very dangerous side," Hoffman explained.

"What I like about them is that they compete very well.

"That is all you can really ask for from a football team and that is something Browny (Nathan Brown) has put into them.

"The boys are really buying into it and it's going to be a really competitive game."