Moltzen back by September

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WESTS TIGERS are unlikely to need any extra incentive to make the finals, given the club has not been in one since 2005\. But if they did, they have it, with the revelation that Tim Moltzen may return in September.

Although such an early comeback remains unlikely, Moltzen has reason for hope after his surgeon told him his recovery from knee surgery in April was ahead of schedule.

Moltzen said watching the Tigers win a thriller against Canberra on Sunday at Leichhardt Oval had inspired him to attempt what had been all but impossible - play if the side reached the finals.

''When you're sitting there watching the boys at a game like that on Sunday and you're not out there, that's definitely something that makes you want it a little bit more and makes you push yourself,'' he said.

The 21-year-old fullback/halfback remains cautious, however. ''The knee might feel fine but the graft needs time to heal,'' he said. ''It's in the back of my mind and if the boys are going well, I'd love to say that I could be there at some stage at the end of the year. But I suppose if they're doing well without me, they might not need me.''

Moltzen visited knee specialist David Wood last Thursday and might even begin straight-line running again in the next few weeks.

''He was actually surprised how far the knee had come and how good the range was,'' Moltzen said. ''I might be a few weeks ahead of where I'm supposed to be at the moment, but there's also the chance that I could also run into a wall and be put back a few weeks.''

Moltzen aside, the Tigers have significant injury concerns before tomorrow night's clash with St George Illawarra. Halfback Robert Lui (knee), fullback Wade McKinnon (hip), back-rower Chris Heighington (hip), hooker Robbie Farah (shin) and winger Lote Tuqiri (knee) are in doubt.

[Source](http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/moltzens-on-the-way-back-and-so-are-his-tigers-20100623-yz51.html)
 

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bit of an optimistic thread title DB
Can't see it happening. You don't risk your first choice halfback.
 
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I wouldn't be risking him either, particularly if Lui is fit and healthy at the time. Unlike Luke Covell's LARS procedure, Moltzen had the traditional recon job done and it takes quite a while to settle down, heal properly and get enough strength into it before playing again. I still reckon he's best off having a full off-season and continue to build up the strength in it.
 

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This would be a great boost for the Finals. Not sure how much game time he will need to get his confidence back, and considering we will win the first week of the finals and have the 2nd week off…

Handy addition to the bench for the GF though...
 

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Big call to bring him back for finals.

I would like to see him rested, particularly if we are going OK with the team that we have. Bringing in any player at the last minute could upset the balance of the team.
 

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If Lui had taken us to the finals there's no way that we could drop him. However chances are we will probably have injuries and If not he could be the bench utility. Great news in my opinion!
 

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Agreed.

Nothing against Fitzy, but if he returns early, he could be a brilliant option for number 17.

He would really only play 10minutes to get him back into the swing of it and will provide good impact. There would be little chance he would have to play the 80 minutes, so hopefully minimal risk of pushing him too early.
 

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Great to hear its going better then expected. Would be nice to have the option of playing him in the finals. At the least he's going to have a strong off season.

By the way, Lui is the 1st choice halfback and there is no way if we make the finals that Sheens would interupt the dynamics by replacing Lui with Moltzen.
 
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