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International prop Jason Ryles will make his long-awaited comeback tonight against the Sharks at Toyota Park but the St.George Bank Dragons will be without captain Trent Barrett and Luke Bailey for the second week.
Ryles, who has spent the past 10-and-a-half months recovering from a career-threatening shoulder injury, will play tonight for the first time since the third State of Origin on July 16 last year.
Unfortunately for the Dragons though they will be without Barrett (hamstring) and Bailey (calf) whose injuries did not improve as much as coach Nathan Brown had expected.
They were ruled out this morning after fitness tests at the team's training session. Brown will announce his final line-up an hour prior to the match tonight as per NRL requirements.