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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.

Ryan Hoffman awaiting scan results

Hoffman spent┬áSunday with his right knee in a brace after Cronulla winger Luke Covell fell across it in a tackle during the Storm’s 14-10 win in Saturday night’s clash at Toyota Stadium. The early diagnosis was a medial ligament strain, which could sideline Hoffman for between four and six weeks, but the premiership star was hopeful it may not be that bad. The blow ended a horror night for Hoffman, who also injured his AC joint after taking a shoulder charge in the opening 10 minutes. He was able to return after having treatment for that, but the knee injury was too much to bear. Todd Lowrie, who missed the Sharks clash with a groin injury, could be ready to replace Hoffman, but Hoffman said the club’s depth gave him confidence whoever was called upon could do the job. Storm officials will also anxiously await the fall-out from Anthony Quinn’s report for a forearm shot on Cronulla’s Paul Gallen, which sparked a wild melee.

Round 1 Teams – Smith to start for injured Cronk

Storm skipper Cameron Smith ($375,100 HOK) expects to open the NRL season against the Sharks at halfback, but believes regular No.7 Cooper Cronk ($294,000 HLV) will be back sooner than expected. “He’s the type of bloke who hates missing out on games,” Smith said. “They predicted round four but there’s been good signs from him at training. He’s looking good and has been running around the field so hopefully we’ll have him back after a couple of matches.” While coach Craig Bellamy has other halfback options such as five-eighth Brett Finch ($193,900 HLV), Smith said he would again assume the duties against the Sharks on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium. Meanwhile, former Parramatta lock Todd Lowrie ($174,600 2RF) is hopeful of overcoming a groin injury to play his first NRL match with his new club. Expected to cover for the exit of Dallas Johnson the 26-year-old injured his groin late in the Rhinos game. “Hopefully it will be ok with a bit more physio but it’s a bit sore at the moment,” Lowrie said.