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An ankle injury to Vodafone Warriors? second row forward Awen Guttenbeil has forced head coach Daniel Anderson to make changes for Saturday night?s game against the Panthers.
Guttenbeil?s absence poses a real challenge to the depth of the Warriors? forward pack already covering for the injured Ali Lauiti?iti and Richard Villasanti.
?Losing Awen is bad news, especially on the back of Clinton?s injury and it seems each week the average age of our team is getting younger,? said Anderson.
?Awen has been a force in both attack and defence so his absence will require adjustments to our game.?
Evarn Tuimavave returns to the interchange bench after recovering from a minor knee injury suffered during the Warriors? Round 9 victory over the Eels.
The Vodafone Warriors team to play the Penrith Panthers on Saturday night at Penrith is:
1. Brent Webb
2. Henry Fa?afili
3. John Carlaw
4. Vinnie Anderson
5. Francis Meli
6. Lance Hohaia
7. Stacey Jones
8. Jerry Seuseu
9. PJ Marsh
10. Mark Tookey
11. Logan Swann
13. Monty Betham (Capt)
14. Motu Tony
15. Iafeta Palea?aesina
16. Sione Faumuina
20. Evarn Tuimavave
The Vodafone Warriors will have a light training run in Sydney late Friday afternoon.
Celebrating birthdays this week will be:
Motu Tony ? 22 years old on Thursday;
Henry Fa?afili ? 23 years old on Friday