Dylan Edwards and Apisai Koroisau stay possibilities to face Newcastle on Thursday evening after being named in Penrith’s decreased 19-man squad.
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary declared on Wednesday he wouldn’t threat both of the pair towards the Knights if there was any concern over their health.
However after stints on the sidelines, the Panthers coach Ivan Cleary is hopeful they may have each of their stars again forward of their scheduled round-eight return.
Koroisau has not performed since breaking his wrist in spherical one, with Mitch Kenny having stuffed in adequately at hooker in his absence.
Edwards in the meantime can be an much more essential return.
With Paul Momirovski suspended for 3 weeks, Edwards may get better from a damaged hand to play fullback and permit Stephen Crichton to shift again to centre.
“We definitely hope (he’ll play),” Cleary mentioned.
“Api is analogous, they’re each going nicely. On the finish of the day we have to verify we do not take too huge of a threat for these guys.
“We all the time wish to put the perfect facet we will on the sphere, and if guys are out you need them again as fast as they’ll to allow them to get their groove once more.
“However having mentioned that it is early within the season and we cannot be taking any dangers.”
If Edwards would not play, utility Kurt Capewell was on Wednesday evening named to play at proper centre in Momirovski’s place.
The Panthers had been supremely assured Momirovski would get his grade-two harmful contact cost downgraded on the judiciary, which means he’d solely be fined.
Robert Jennings now shapes as the opposite choice if Cleary seems to be for a specialist centre, after being listed on the Panthers’ interchange bench on Wednesday evening.
“We have a number of choices,” Cleary mentioned.
“We thought Paul can be enjoying and clearly with a Thursday recreation and Tuesday listening to, time will get squeezed a bit.”
In the meantime Cleary mentioned Brent Naden nonetheless had an opportunity of coming in sooner or later throughout Momirovski’s ban, after being ignored altogether this week.
Naden has not performed first grade since testing constructive to cocaine in grand last week final 12 months, and was subsequently handed a one-month ban throughout the low season.