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Stewart hoping for Brookvale finale

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August 21, 2014 12:02:24 UK

Glenn Stewart is in line for a final home game for Manly Sea Eagles next week, after making good progress in his recovery from an ankle injury.

Stewart, who hasn’t played since April, is leaving the club at the end of the season to move to South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Glenn is running now and we are hoping he will be back for the last home game, but we will have to wait and see.

Geoff Toovey

He has been working hard to try to regain fitness before the finals, and coach Geoff Toovey believes he could play in their Round 25 clash at home to Penrith, where they are 1.25 to win the game, with the Panthers 4.00.

The two-time premiership winner began running again on Wednesday and if he makes a final appearance in front of home fans at Brookvale Oval next week, it is sure to be an emotional day.

Toovey said: “Glenn is running now and we are hoping he will be back for the last home game, but we will have to wait and see.

“He is running though and that is a good sign. Obviously, we would have liked it to have been a bit quicker but, the quicker we can get him back on the field, the better.”

Stewart has played all his career with Manly, making his debut in 2003 and so far scoring 27 tries in his 179 games.

Team-mate Jamie Buhrer said the Sea Eagles players were happy to see him close to a return to action.

“It was a good sign this week to see him running,” said Buhrer. “We were training on Wednesday and we could see him running on the side and there were plenty of boys yelling out offering him encouragement.”

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