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Injury Report: Calf injury rules Johnson out of final match

Halfback Shaun Johnson has joined Marcelo Montoya and Rocco Berry in being ruled out of the Vodafone Warriors' final match of the season against Gold Coast at Mount Smart Stadium tomorrow.

The 31-year-old veteran was named in the side on Tuesday in the hope he would recover from a calf strain that saw him replaced at halftime in last Friday night's match against Penrith.

However, Johnson was withdrawn from the line-up today with Daejarn Asi coming into the halves alongside Chanel Harris-Tavita. Both players will be making their final appearances for the club.

Montoya and Berry were ruled out on Wednesday.

The knee contusion that forced Montoya out of last Friday night's match against Penrith has been limiting his training intensity.

Edward Kosi moves from the extended bench to take Montoya's place on the left wing.

Berry, who was set to return to the NRL side after a lengthy absence, has a toe sprain which prevented him warming up and training today.

Viliami Vailea has been brought back into the side from outside the original squad to again start in the centres.

Also out with an injury picked up in training is centre-winger Adam Pompey. Named on the extended bench, he has been replaced by hooker Taniela Otukolo.

Montoya, Berry and Pompey join Jazz Tevaga, Bayley Sironen and Ronald Volkman who have all missed the last phase of the campaign with season-ending injuries.

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  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
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  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
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    Interchange for Titans is number 17 Klese Haas

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Other players who missed last Friday night’s match against Penrith or picked up knocks in the contest have all been cleared for Saturday’s encounter.

Second Jack Murchie (hip sprain) is named on the extended bench and Wayde Egan (back spasms) is back at hooker while halfback Shaun Johnson and Eliesa Katoa are also available.

Johnson was replaced at halftime in the Penrith match due to a calf complaint while Katoa was in discomfort in the second half but played all but the last seven minutes of the game and is back on deck for the season finale.

Also returning is back rower Euan Aitken, who missed the Penrith trip for personal reasons, and centre Jesse Arthars who has been side-lined for a number of weeks with a quad injury and then recovering from a virus.

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