Injury Update: Watson pushes for NRL return

Connor Watson is a chance to return in Round 4 has he manages an MCL injury he picked up against Penrith.

Watson missed last Friday’s seven-point loss to Canberra due to the injury but Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples is hopeful the nib Newcastle Knights gun isn’t far off returning to the field.

Providing he gets through training, he could be available for Sunday’s game against St George Illawarra.

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“He built through some running protocols last week and came through pretty close to playing,” Cupples said.

“He’s got a few change of direction and hard start-stop and some reactive agility to get through this week.

“If he does that over the next couple of sessions, he’ll make it up for selection consideration.”

Meanwhile, prop Daniel Saifiti is also eyeing a return.

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The big unit injured his foot and knee in the opening round win over Cronulla but is nearing a comeback.

“D Saf has come forward in leaps and bounds,” Cupples said.

“He’s been very diligent with his professionalism, what he’s done from a rehab perspective.

“If he overcomes these last couple of hurdles, in terms of back in with the team, we should see D Saf back on the park.”

Injured players and expected return dates:

Connor Watson (Knee – Round 4-5)

Pasami Saulo (Finger - Round 4-5)

Daniel Saifiti (Leg and foot - Round 4-5)

Nathan Ross (Finger - Indefinite)

Jacob Saifiti (Leg - Early Rounds)

Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)

Brayden Musgrove (ACL – Early Rounds)