Boost for Panthers as Lewis set to make shock return

It is clear that the Panthers have missed him in both attack and defence, but after having a pin removed from his hand, Panthers utility Luke Lewis trained for the first time, as he looms as a shock inclusion this Friday night.

For Lewis, he believes that the season is far from over for the club, and he will do whatever he can, to ensure that the Panthers can make themselves known in the 2011 NRL season.

Lewis, who has to wear a custom-made protective guard on his hand, appeared to be in no discomfort whatsoever, as he passed a fitness test with flying colours, and he is raring to go, despite requiring final clearance from a specialist on Thursday.

“I’m just preparing as if I am going to play and hopefully get the good news on Thursday and turn up Friday ready to go,” Lewis said.

“But training out there today it felt good.

“There was no trouble [tackling] and the guard has some movement so it’s okay holding the ball and passing.”

Lewis is not the only one that has suffered injury troubles of late, with fullback Lachlan Coote also injured, and struggling to comprehend how his side has produced just one win, not to mention the fact his disappointment that Elliott is headed out.

“It is hard because we have been together for a while, but the way it went is part and parcel of rugby league,” he said.

“But we are out here to play for him, and ourselves, for the rest of the year and dig ourselves out of the mess and I think we can do it. One win can turn it all around.”

Coote also said that he is a slim chance to return on Friday also, as he battles his groin injury, that has plagued him for 18 months.

“It felt pretty good out there, but I just have to take it each day as it comes,” he said.

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