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Sua Fa’alogo is set to line up for his third game for Storm and his first game at AAMI Park this weekend with injuries set to keep two key playmakers sidelined over the coming weeks.  

Melbourne Storm’s General Manager of Football, Frank Ponissi, outlined the changes in his weekly update ahead of Round 10.

Frank Ponissi Injury Report: Round 10

“It’s exciting for our fans to actually see him here in Melbourne on our home track. Whilst it’s very disappointing to lose [Ryan Papenhuyzen] obviously having Sua wearing the No. 1 and playing here at AAMI Park is going to be exciting for everyone.” Ponissi said. 

The hearts of Storm and rugby league fans broke once again Saturday night, as Ryan Papenhuyzen was once again assisted off the field after suffering a minor fracture in his fibula, just above a plate inserted last year. 

“Considering what Paps has had over the last few years, it's probably a minor injury in comparison to some of the previous ones. He'll miss the next four to six weeks. He had surgery today to repair that.” Ponissi shared. 

Jahrome Hughes suffered a minor calf strain last weekend against the Titans on the Gold Coast which will, unfortunately, see the halfback likely to miss two matches. 
“We're hoping he'll be back for the Manly game. If not, he will definitely be back for the game after the bye.” Ponissi added. 

Missing the last few weeks of feeder club appearances, Tepai Moeroa, Marion Seve and Aaron Pene, continue their rehabilitation journey, suffering from various minor niggles. They will aim to be up for selection in Rounds 11 and 12. 

After a successful surgery early last week, Jonah Pezet will begin working with the Storm rehabilitation staff to return from an ACL injury. He will miss the remainder of the season as he works his way back. 

In positive news, Tui Kamikamica will be up for selection this weekend to take on the Sharks, while Xavier Coates looks to be set for a return by Magic Round. Kamikamica was close to selection in Round 9, but held off until Round 10 as a precaution. 

Coates also came close to returning this weekend, but the Club decided to take a conservative approach given the winger’s history with hamstring injuries and give him another week to continue his rehabilitation. 

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