Lawrence fit for Eels

Wests Tigers winger Chris Lawrence will mark a remarkable return from injury when he lines up against Parramatta on Friday.

Lawrence, 22, dislocated his hip in the round three clash with Canberra but after an intense period of rehabilitation, he returns to face the Eels at Parramatta Stadium.

But Tigers coach Tim Sheens insists that Lawrence needs time to re-adjust to the rigours of the NRL.

“I’m not putting pressure on Chris. He has had more than a three month layoff so you are not going to ask him to score four tries. I just want him to do his job out there,” Sheens said.

“He will bring some strength to the side and speed to the left edge. We can’t expect the world from him.

“Physically, yet alone, psychologically, he is going to have to work hard. He has done everything at training and has been extremely good.

“We have held him back. He could have played two weeks ago but we were not prepared to do so. We used the bye to help bring him up.

“I am very happy with where he is at. He is too. He will still need to get through the first few tackles and make the first couple of runs before he is confident.”

Captain Robbie Farah said Lawrence’s return from injury has had a positive impact on the team.

“Chris has been a massive loss for us. He has worked really hard on getting back from his injury,’’ Farah said.

“He is 100 per cent ready to go. I know he is excited and we are excited to have him back.”

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