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The eye injury that forced Penrith forward Joe Galuvao to miss the majority of the club?s game against Brisbane last Sunday won?t keep the test second rower out of Friday?s vital game with the Wests Tigers.
The New Zealand representative copped an accidental poke in the eye from a team-mate while making a tackle last Sunday, forcing his eye to immediately swell up.
But Panthers coach John Lang expects Galuvao to play against the Tigers as the club attempts to avoid three consecutive defeats, something not experienced in over 12 months.
"The doctor doesn't think there was any damage to the eye - only to the area around it,? Lang said.
"Joe's seeing a specialist but we believe he will be able to play."
Friday night?s match will signal Tigers lock Scott Sattler?s first visit back to Penrith Stadium since last year?s premiership winning campaign with the Panthers.
Sattler was forced to leave the club due to salary cap restraints.