Manly will start a game with three Trbojevic brothers for the first time with superstar full-back Tom coming back from a knee injury against the Wests Tigers.
Down after further injuries, the Sea Eagles were given a massive boost on Tuesday with medalist Dally M going through a full training session unscathed and named No.
The 24-year-old has always hoped to return from knee surgery this round, faster than most predicted when he tore his medial ligament last month.
“He has a great chance to play this weekend,” captain Daly Cherry-Evans said.
“He trained today, we have another session in a few days. He is on the right track at the moment.
“Every time he is with us he obviously improves the way we play considerably, both in attack and in defence.
“He’s not going to be in a rush, but it’s looking really good for him right now.”
Trbojevic’s return will be particularly timely for a Manly side to content themselves with being 4-4 down given the number of injuries they have suffered in the opening months of the campaign.
Center Brad Parker’s season is in danger of ending after a partial ACL tear, with medical staff expected to reassess in a month whether he will need surgery.
Winger Jason Saab has been ruled out for at least a fortnight after suffering a sprained toe while scoring his first try of the season in the Sea Eagles’ loss to South Sydney.
This means Christian Tuipulotu will remain on a wing, while Ben Trbojevic will likely play crosses and join brothers Tom and Jake in the starting line-up for the first time.
The trio have only played together once before, spending just 13 seconds on the pitch together on Ben’s debut from the bench last year.
“It will be a special moment for me and the family,” said Ben Trbojevic.
The return from the back is headlining a list of comebacks from big names in the NRL.
Brian To’o and Moses Leota were named on an extended bench for Penrith against Parramatta, while Dale Finucane is back for Cronulla, Jack Bird for St George Illawarra and Dallin Waetene-Zelezniak for the Warriors.
Jarrod Croker is in line for his first game of the year at Canberra, which will face a Canterbury side with captain Josh Jackson returning from COVID.
Tom Opacic will also return to center for Parramatta, allowing Dylan Brown to move back to five-eights with Jake Arthur back in reserve.
But the news is not all good.
Brisbane lost Payne Haas to a shoulder injury and Kurt Capewell to a neck problem for the clash with South Sydney, with the return of Pat Carrigan being the only bright spot.
The Rabbitohs remained with Isaiah Tass at center ahead of Taane Milne, having impressed last week against Manly.
The Tigers will be without Luciano Leilua against the Sea Eagles with his ankle injury, but get Jake Simpkin at starting hooker while recalling Tyrone Peachey to the bench.
Newcastle knocked out five rounds of Jake Clifford, with Tex Hoy and Phoenix Crossland the new combination of halves given Adam Clune’s knee problem.