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Lowrie called up for Knights clash

Melbourne has made one change for Saturday night’s away clash with Newcastle, naming Todd Lowrie for his club debut in place of injured back-rower Ryan Hoffman. The dual premiership player, who missed the 2008 grand final after hurting his ankle late in the season, is expected to be sidelined for between four and six weeks after scans confirmed a grade two medial strain. Lowrie, however, is no certainty to line up as he continues his recovery from the groin strain he picked up in the World Club Challenge win over Leeds Rhinos a fortnight ago. The former Parramatta forward, who played against Melbourne in last year’s premiership decider, has been named for the second week in a row but a final decision on his fitness won’t be made until closer to the game. Rising star Kevin Proctor, who came into the starting line-up last week when Lowrie failed to come up, will start again this time in the No.12 jersey, with Ryan Tandy retaining his spot on the bench in the 17-man squad. Storm coach Craig Bellamy is still unable to consider Cooper Cronk (groin/hip), Brett White (shoulder), Sika Manu (broken leg), Chase Stanley (shoulder), Atelea Vea (back) or Sione Kite (shoulder) because of injury.

The Knights may welcome back hooker Isaac De Gois and centre Adam MacDougall after both missed last weekend’s upset win over the Bulldogs with knee injuries but inspirational skipper Kurt Gidley (hamstring) will sit out again and isn’t expected back until at least next week.Also certain to miss the match are James McManus (foot) and Ben Rogers (dislocated elbow) while Junior Sau (rib strain) and Marvin Karawana (knee) both suffered injuries last weekend and the club is waiting on the results of scans before confirming if either will be sidelined.

Sika Manu Sika injuries!

Sika Manu ($214,100 2RF) had a rod inserted in his leg last July when he broke both his tibia and fibula in his left leg when playing against St George and thought he was on track for Round 1 when he started running in early January. But the 22-year-old was forced to put those plans on hold when he developed sharp pain in his knee. “When I walk I get a sharp pain in my knee from the time I wake up until I go to bed,” Manu said. The powerful backrower was in great form before the injury, with damaging hit ups and an average tackle rate that was only betterd by workhorse Dallas Johnson in the Storm outfit last season. Storm physiotherapist Kieren Morgan was confident Manu would make a full recovery and be back playing midway through the season. Melbourne will start the season next Saturday night against Cronulla without premiership props Brett White ($180,500 FRF) and Ryan Tandy ($152,900 FRF), who both underwent off-season shoulder surgery.