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Melbourne Storm’s General Manager – Football, Frank Ponissi, has given an update on the Club’s injured players ahead of Round 6. 

Round 5 saw several of Storm’s big name players return to the park, with only two names remaining on the injury list heading into Friday’s clash against the Bulldogs. 

Young Victorian product Sua Fa’alago and Ammaron ‘AJ’ Gudgeon are both nearing a return to action, with the two speedsters set to take the field in their respective feeder clubs fixtures next weekend. 

“Sua remains on the unavailable list, we are hoping he’s back next week but if not he'll definitely be back the week after but he’s progressing well and he’s not too far away,” Ponissi said. 

“AJ has been on the injury list for a long while now, had a shoulder reconstruction midway through last year but he’s back to full training now so if he can train all of this week and next he’ll play next weekend which is a big bonus for him,” Ponissi added. 

After being sidelined to start the season Bronson Garlick made a successful return from injury for the North Sydney Bears on Sunday while Joe Chan featured for the Brisbane Tigers after suffering a hand injury back in Round 2. 

“Bronson played really well, played 80 minutes on the edge and in the middle,” Ponissi said. 

“He’s excited to be back playing his first game of the year and after such a great season for the club last year he’ll no doubt push for a position in the next few weeks.”  

"Joe missed those two weeks with an infected hand which was a real disappointment given he started the year so well in NRL,” 

“He’s close to selection this week in the NRL but it’s a hard team to get in at the moment as the boys played well but I’m sure he’ll be knocking on the door for selection.” 

Meanwhile Cameron Munster got through his return to NRL action unscathed, pulling up well from the match against the Broncos. 

“It was great to get Munster back, just his presence alone was invaluable for the team,” Ponissi said. 

“It’s going to take him a few weeks to get his match fitness back and his timing was a little bit rusty but the most important thing is he pulled up well and we’ll be hoping he can go to another level this week.” 

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