Experienced Titans centre Mat Rogers is poised to make a shock return from a knee injury against Manly at Skilled Park on Friday as the Gold Coast desperately try to end their three-game losing run. Rogers has been missing from the Titans line-up since rupturing his medial ligament against St George Illawarra in round six. Despite fears he was facing 12 weeks on the sidelines, the decorated dual international is set to be rushed back against the Sea Eagles just eight weeks to the day since he suffered the injury. Rogers will not be named when Titans coach John Cartwright unveils his team today, but a club source last night said Rogers was rated a better than 60 per cent chance of bolting into the side later in the week. Other than the late inclusion of Rogers, Cartwright will resist the temptation to give his starting side a shake-up after they tumbled out of the top four with a 28-24 loss to Canberra on Sunday. In a boost for the Titans, hooker Nathan Friend was yesterday cleared of a dangerous throw after being placed on report for a lifting tackle against the Raiders. Lock Ashley Harrison will be named for Queensland today, opening a spot for Bodene Thompson to return after serving a one-game suspension in the Queensland Cup. Super-sub Luke O’Dwyer is also a chance to be included on an extended bench after making steady progress back from a knee reconstruction for feeder club Tweed Heads. Fullback Preston Campbell (heel), five-eighth Greg Bird (knee), centre Joseph Tomane (shoulder) and interchange forward Will Matthews (concussion) are all nursing injuries from the Raiders clash but will be available for selection.

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