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Judiciary, Hindmarsh, Grothe and Lockyer
At the Judiciary, Brisbane will decide later today whether to contest a dangerous throw charge which threatens to rub representative lock Tonie Carroll out for up to three matches.
Carroll was hit with a grade two infringement following a lifting tackle on New Zealand Warriors forward Micheal Luck, a charge which carries a two week ban for an early guilty plea or three weeks if he chooses to fight the charge at the judiciary and loses.
Canberra centre David Howell and St George Illawarra backrower Corey Payne are also facing one match bans. Clubs have until midday today to enter their pleas.
On to injuries, and Parramatta's Test second rower Nathan Hindmarsh is set to be named today to play in his first match of the season against West Tigers on Friday night.
Hindmarsh has been battling an arthritic complaint in his foot, the injury having kept him off the field for Parramatta's entire pre-season campaign and the opening two rounds. The return of the workaholic backrower couldn't have come at a better time for the Eels, who are coming off back to back losses to open the season.
Winger Eric Grothe is also set to return from an ankle injury.
Meanwhile, Brisbane skipper Darren Lockyer is poised to make a shock comeback from an ankle injury in next week's Good Friday NRL clash with the Sydney Roosters.
Lockyer was expected to be out for up to six weeks after injuring the ankle in Brisbane's opening round loss to North Queensland, but a return against the Roosters would mean he would have missed only two matches.
His earlier than expected return would be a godsend for the Broncos who have lost their first two matches of the season and face in-form Penrith this Friday night. It would also mean Lockyer would be fit to captain Australia in next month's one-off Test against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium.