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Returning Fitzgibbon pumped for Manly test

Lachlan Fitzgibbon is back.

Having recovered from a nasty elbow injury, the backrower is fired up to notch a vital victory over arch-rivals Manly.

The 25-year-old missed the last three matches after sustaining a dislocated elbow in Round 16's loss to the Warriors, however, remarkably soldiered on during the game.

After being cleared by the physio and feeling confident, Fitzgibbon will line-up in the second row on Saturday.

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"I'm looking forward to it, it'll be four weeks come Saturday (since the injury), a bit of a fun time in rehab but feeling good now and can't wait to get out there," Fitzgibbon said.

"I landed awkward on it and heard a bit of a crack and a pop, but I wasn't too sure what it was, but I just strapped it up and got on with it.

"I was on track for 4-6 weeks, but I've only missed three games really, we got the brace (of the elbow) a week early and got some strength back into it."

While Fitzgibbon sat on the sidelines, the Knights endured three defeats, leaving them in ninth spot, but a win could erase a bad month of football and propel the side back into the top eight.

"I'm not real good on the sidelines, I ride the games as if I was playing, lot of mixed emotions but it's been frustrating with the losses that we've had," Fitzgibbon continued.

"Coming back in, I've got to do my job and do what I've been doing over the past three months beforehand.

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"I'm not going out there to overplay my hand, hopefully, we click together this week, which results in more points again but hopefully less tries that's the most important thing."

The build-up to the Knights playing Manly is enormous due to the nature of the rivalry going back over the years.

The Sea Eagles did come away with a victory last time out between the two sides, claiming a 26-18 win in Round 5 at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The Manly side, buoyant after a knocking over the Storm, will be determined to put in a good performance on their Old Boys day.

However, the Knights won the last time these two clubs played on Manly's historic day, as Kalyn Ponga fired a bullet pass to Nathan Ross in the dying stages to claim an 18-12 victory at Lottoland last season.

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"It's an important part of the history between the two clubs for especially the old boys of the Knights and Manly, and it rubs off as players and I think it’s their Old Boys Day down there this weekend, so it will be an even bigger occasion, not only for us, but for them as well," Fitzgibbon said.

"We were five straight losses and now we're four straight losses, and we managed to get ourselves out of a hole, we know what's needed to be done, and it's about putting it into action now."