Gold Coast have been given a massive boost before their pivotal NRL clash against Newcastle with Moeaki Fotuaika set to return to action.
The Queensland State of Origin representative missed last week's loss to Melbourne due to a knee issue but Titans' high performance manager Klint Hoare expects Fotuaika to return to face the Knights at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
“He'll continue to be monitored for persistent knee effusion,” Hoare said.
“I am confident Moe will be ready to go come Thursday night.”
The news is less encouraging for co-captain Kevin Proctor, who sprained an AC joint in his shoulder early in the 34-20 loss to the Storm and will need to prove his fitness to play.
Back-to-back losses to the Storm and South Sydney have pitched the Titans out of the top eight with two matches to play.
Newcastle, who are four points clear of the chasing pack in seventh, can seal their finals position with a win while the Titans have to pick up two points to realistically stay in the hunt for a top-eight spot.
Halfback Jamal Fogarty said, despite the losses in consecutive weeks to top-four opposition, the belief is there that Gold Coast can get the results they need to end a five-year finals drought.
“There's a couple of good lessons that we can take out of Melbourne,” Fogarty said.
“To go into the break up at halftime, we came out firing and Melbourne as they always do they wrestled it back and got in front, so for us to get back in front again before halftime there's a lot of good things that come out of that first half.
“We just had to replicate the first half in the second half, which we didn't do.”Internet Explorer Channel Network