INJURY UPDATE: Packer on track

Prop Russell Packer (pictured) scoring his first NRL try in three years in the Vodafone Warriors' 56-18 win against Brisbane on June 3. Photo: Photosport.


Prop Russell Packer (pictured) is on track to make his return from a sternum injury in the Vodafone Warriors 14th-round NRL match against the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Sunday (6.30pm local time; 8.30pm NZT).


The 23-year-old 109-game veteran has come through training so far this week leaving him set to start in the front row again after missing the victory over Manly last Sunday.


However, fullback Kevin Locke is still being troubled by the hip flexor injury which forced him out of the Manly encounter. Locke hasn't traveled to Sydney and today head coach Matthew Elliott confirmed Glen Fisiiahi the players player of the day against the Sea Eagles will again start at fullback with Ngani Laumape on the right wing. Laumape was named on a seven-man bench on Tuesday.


Confirmed to return on schedule this weekend from a long-term injury lay-off is Sio Siua Taukeiaho. Out since early in the season with a broken leg he will turn out for the Auckland Vulcans in their away match against the Windsor Wolves in the New South Wales Cup tomorrow.


The current injury list is:


Kevin Locke hip flexor (round 14/15)


Todd Lowrie ribs (round 14/15)


Ben Henry knee (out for season)


Sione Lousi knee (out for season)


Steve Rapira knee (out for season)