PENRITH skipper Peter Wallace declared he will return on Friday as the club tries to nurse a whopping A$3 million (NZ$3.2m) worth of talent back to health.
Fullback Dylan Edwards dislocated his shoulder in the gutsy 22-14 win over Canterbury and is expected to spend up to six weeks on the sidelines.
Edwards joins Nathan Cleary (knee), Josh Mansour (cheek) and Waqa Blake (ankle) in the bulging casualty ward.
But Wallace’s return from a pinched nerve in his neck will be a huge boost for the home game in Bathurst against North Queensland. Playmaker Tyrone May, who broke down with an ACL injury late last season, is also a chance to return if he gets the all-clear from a surgeon tomorrow.
Wallace was named to start in the No 9 jersey against the Bulldogs but, with the short turnaround, it was decided he be given a rare week off.
‘‘I’ll definitely be back Friday. I had a knock to the neck earlier this year, then it got jammed again last week [against Cronulla] and it pinched a nerve,’’ Wallace told Fairfax Media. ‘‘It caused a bit of pain down the shoulder. With the short turnaround and having the cortisone injection on Monday, it was a case of having