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Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens will wait until an hour before kick-off tonight to make a decision on the availability of injured trio Brett Hodgson, Todd Payten and Taniela Tuiaki.
Hodgson and Payten were not originally named to take on the Sydney Roosters at Telstra Stadium but are now rated some chance of recovering from knee and ankle injuries respectively.
Tuiaki picked up a leg injury at training earlier this week and is doubtful of taking his place on the wing. Hodgson was supposed to have a fitness test this morning, but that was interrupted by the birth of his first son, Christian Blair Hodgson.
The North Queensland Cowboys coach has also been at the helm of the Blues since 2006, but has been unable to capture a series win against the Maroons.
Murray's Cowboys are currently placed fourth on the NRL ladder on 24 points.
Manly will be able to host a home semi-final at Brookvale Oval this season after the NRL reached an agreement with Warringah Council.
Warringah Council administrator Dick Persson says the council and the NRL only met to discuss the issue today and the league has agreed to pay a flat fee of $42,500 to cover costs.
There had been speculation the Sea Eagles would be forced to move their home semi-final due to costs involved, but the matter has now been resolved.