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Casualty Ward: Mixed news for Panthers; Storm duo on track

Back-up hooker Mitch Kenny is unlikely to play again this season for the Panthers as he awaits scan results on the severity of his ankle injury.

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Kenny was on crutches at the team's recovery session in Sippy Downs on Monday but there are fears he faces an extended stint on the sidelines.

Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary said on Sunday that close mate Tyrone May was likely to replace Kenny as the bench utility after overcoming his knee injury.

Cleary is managing his shoulder concern but told The Sunday Footy Show that he had "a few bumps and bruises" and should be fine.

Barnstorming back-rower Viliame Kikau was also an onlooker at the aquatic centre with a leg laceration keeping him from participating in the pool recovery session.

Kikau's main concern is a minor ankle sprain, while winger Brian To'o is also in doubt for the Storm game with an ankle issue.

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To'o missed Saturday's semi-final against the Eels in Mackay due to a "minor ankle complaint" with Cleary conceding post-match he was not a guaranteed starter.

For the Storm, winger Josh Addo-Carr has confirmed he will be right to return from his hamstring injury for Saturday's preliminary final.

Addo-Carr has not played since round 24 but said on Sunday he would be good to go when the premiers run on to Suncorp Stadium.

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"I'm up to about 95 per cent running, so I'll be sweet," Addo-Carr said, indicating he had suffered "the exact same injury" in 2018.

Melbourne hooker Brandon Smith also said he was a certain starter after he narrowly avoided a facial fracture following a head clash with Manly's Josh Aloiai in week one of the finals.

Manly and Souths are injury-free leading into their preliminary final on Friday.

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