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Pre-season rehab report

Get an insight into the progress of Melbourne Storm's rehab group throughout the 2023 pre-season so far.

Ryan Papenhuyzen

Injury: Fractured kneecap

Expected return: Round 1 

Papenhuyzen is working on a program to develop strength and power in his right leg after suffering multiple fractures in his kneecap against the Raiders in July. He won’t return to the main group until the New Year.

Christian Welch

Injury: Achilles

Expected return: Round 1

After missing almost the entire 2022 season, the front-rower is tracking well to be available for the season opener against Parramatta. He is expected to return to full training in January.

“I’m slowly integrating back into the skills. It’s been really good to be back out there with the guys. It’s been a long time,” Welch said. “Hopefully by January I’ll be full noise.”

Xavier Coates

Injury: Hamstring

Expected return: Round 1

The Origin winger suffered a torn hamstring in training for PNG prior to the Rugby League World Cup. He is on a modified program and will progress through to full training in the New Year.

Tom Eisenhuth

Injury: Syndesmosis

Expected return: Round 1

The utility forward has returned to full training with the NRL squad after sustaining a grade three syndesmosis injury against the Roosters at the end of August.

Dean Ieremia

Injury: Hamstring

Expected return: Round 1

The winger has returned to full training with the NRL squad after missing the final weeks of the season.

George Jennings

Injury: ACL

Expected return: Round 1

After sustaining a torn ACL in round one in 2022, the winger has progressed well through his rehab work. He remains on a modified program but should be available for the pre-season trials.

Reimis Smith

Injury: Pec tear

Expected return: Round 1

The centre is progressing into skills training but is limited in his contact work.

Tyran Wishart

Injury: Syndesmosis

Expected return: Round 1

Storm’s 2022 Rookie of the Year is back in full training after missing the final month of the 2022 season after sustaining a syndesmosis injury against the Broncos in Brisbane.

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