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It's news the National Rugby League rivals have been dreading ? New Zealand Warriors second rower Ali Lauiti'iti should play against Manly on July 12.
Lauiti'iti has been on the sidelines since surgery in February removed a cyst from on his arm.
Now he has been cleared to resume contact training this week in Sydney, where the Warriors are in camp before heading to Townsville to play North Queensland on Saturday night.
Coach Daniel Anderson, already relieved after his side fought back to pip South Sydney 31-30 in extra time at Aussie Stadium yesterday, had another reason to be chipper after the match.
"He's going to be back definitely in two weeks or three at the absolute latest, unless something happens at training."
Another potential obstacle to Lauiti'iti's much anticipated comeback is a slight "speck" on arm x-rays which doctors fear could be a hole in a bone graft.
Club doctor Chris Hanna said the "speck" was being monitored and the club was confident Lauiti'iti would be right for the round 18 appointment at Ericsson Stadium.
"It'll be good to see him back," Anderson said.