Gallen in doubt, Lewis and Dugan on track

Luke Lewis (l) looks set to play while Paul Gallen (r) is still in doubt for the Sharks.
Luke Lewis (l) looks set to play while Paul Gallen (r) is still in doubt for the Sharks.

Paul Gallen remains in serious doubt to run out for Cronulla in Friday night's preliminary final against Melbourne, but teammates Luke Lewis and Josh Dugan appear set to play.

Gallen's injured shoulder showed some signs of improvement on Tuesday, however he there was still tenderness in the area and he is racing the clock to play in the match.

He was named by the Sharks on Tuesday afternoon, alongside the retiring Lewis who suffered a calf injury last week against Penrith.

Lewis was certain on Tuesday he would play in the AAMI Park match, which will be the last in his 18-season NRL career if Cronulla don't win through.

"It's coming along really well," Lewis said of his calf.

"I had a really good run today and came off the park pain-free and feeling fresh ... It should be fine Friday night.

"I thought about (it being potentially my last game) last week, turning up to training and driving to training, thinking wow, this could be my last week in rugby league forever.

"I asked the boys last week to give me everything they've got and give me one more week."

Dugan was also named by Cronulla on an extended bench, and could either come onto the wing or into the centres for the clash.

"Duges is looking great, he got through all his work he needed to get through on Monday," Lewis said.

"Had a really good run today. He is lifting some good weights in the gym. I'm pretty confident he will be good to go as well."

But it's the fitness of Gallen - who is battling a torn ligament in his shoulder - that is of the most concern to Cronulla.

He didn't speak at the Sharks' media day on Tuesday.

Gallen had cortisone injections and will give himself until Thursday to make a call about his availability.

It's believed he could also take a pain-killing injection for the match, otherwise Aaron Woods or Jayson Bukuya could be options to start in his place.

"Gal has been around, he's played a lot of big games. He's a big-game player. He's not a big talker, he leads by example," Lewis said.

"But there's one thing I do believe this club has built up over the past six years and that's that we don't really base it around any one player.

"Whatever player comes in it's best for the team and best for the role."

Elsewhere Melbourne have kept Brodie Croft at halfback for the clash, with centre Will Chambers (suspension) and bench forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona (ankle) both named to return.

In the other game, the Sydney Roosters have named Mitchell Aubusson at centre for the suspended Latrell Mitchell against an unchanged South Sydney side that includes Sam Burgess.

Australian Associated Press