Cronulla’s preparations have been thrown into disarray ahead of their NRL clash with Manly on Saturday night, with captain Trent Barrett and winger Blake Ferguson ruled out with injury. Barrett has a shoulder problem, while Ferguson hasn’t been able to recover from a rib complaint. In further bad news for Ricky Stuart’s men, halfback John Morris and NSW prop Kade Snowden are also considered only 50/50 chances of playing. Morris has a knee problem, while Snowden is suffering from an illness. Tim Smith, who was dropped last week, will compete with Scott Porter and Albert Kelly for Barrett’s five-eighth spot and Morris’ halfback position should he also be ruled out. Issac Gordon will make an earlier than expected return from a hamstring injury to replace Ferguson.

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