INJURY UPDATE: Nine on list

Vodafone Warriors forward Sebastine Ikahihifo is one of nine players on the club's injury list this week. Photo: Photosport


Late-season injuries have seen the Vodafone Warriors current injury list grow to nine players.


Carlos Tuimavave, Alehana Mara and Sebastine Ikahihifo have joined the injured brigade and are all unavailable for selection this week.


Tuimavave returned from a niggling hamstring injury for the Auckland Vulcans in their 38-20 New South Wales Cup win against the Wyong Roos last Sunday but had a recurrence of the problem in the match and is now expected to be out for one or two weeks.


Ikahihifo (knee) and Mara (ribs) have been mainstays for the Vulcans during the season but were also forced off the field during the match against Wyong. Ikahihifo is sidelined for up to two weeks and Mara for what is expected to be several weeks.


They join Russell Packer (hamstring) and Sam Lousi (knee) who remain on the injured list but could return in a week or two.


While centre Dane Nielsen left the field with an ankle injury early in Sundays encounter with Penrith, Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott remains optimistic hell recover in time to turn out against Gold Coast in Saturdays 24th-round match at Skilled Park in Robina.


The current injury list is:


Glen Fisiiahi - Fullback/Wing - Pectoral (out for season)

Ben Henry - Second Row/Centre - Knee (out for season)

Sebastine Ikahihifo Prop/Second Row Knee (round 26)

Russell Packer - Prop - Hamstring (round 25)

Steve Rapira - Prop/Second Row - Knee (out for season)

Sam Lousi - Prop/Second Row - Knee (return date to be confirmed)

Sione Lousi - Prop/Second Row - Knee (out for season)

Alehana Mara Hooker Ribs (indefinite)

Carlos Tuimavave Utility Hamstring (round 25/26)