Clinton Toopi (Not Listed) faces an anxious wait before discovering whether an injury to Mat Rogers leads to the former Kiwis centre’s return to the National Rugby League. Toopi shapes as a potential replacement for dual international Rogers who hyper extended his left knee during the Gold Coast Titans’ 20-point loss to St George Illawarra on Friday night. The 29-year-old former New Zealand Warriors centurion has been confined to the second-tier Queensland Cup competition since the Titans signed him to a one-year incentive-based deal, reviving his rugby league career after a brief injury-plagued flirtation with union at Bay of Plenty in 2009. Toopi was essentially trialling for Rogers position last night as the Titans’ feeder club Burleigh Bears beat the Central Comets. Jordan Aitkens ($112,600 CTW), Toopi’s centre partner with the Bears, the other option under consideration by Titans head coach John Cartwright for next Monday’s trip to Manly. Cartwright names his line-up on Tuesday. Toopi, who is behind Rogers and impressive Wellington-born rookie Joseph Tomane in the Titans’ midfield pecking order, admitted it had been frustrating waiting in the wings. Cartwright was hopeful Rogers, 34, would only miss “four to six weeks”, presuming scans today confirm a medial ligament tear rather than a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament – a setback that could require season-ending reconstructive surgery.

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