Cronulla are set to lose their first game of the season against Melbourne Victory on Sunday with Scott Bolton missing two games with a neck injury.
Cronulla have played a number of players since the end of the bye week with winger Matt Ballin being one of them.
Bolton is expected to miss the first two games of the grand final against the Kangaroos after fracturing his collarbone in a hit on the Tigers’ Tom Boyd in Round 18.
In the aftermath of the injury, Cronulla coach Scott Campbell said Bolton would not play against the Tigers on Sunday.
“He’ll be missing two more games and we’ll have to wait and see how he is after that,” Campbell said.
The Warriors have lost six of their last seven games and are on track to finish in the bottom half of the ladder.
Warriors winger Sam Lisone, who has been a regular in the Warriors’ halves, will be a game-time decision against the Raiders on Sunday after being ruled out with a shoulder injury.
Josh Addo-Carr, who had played eight games for the Warriors this season after recovering from a calf injury, is another Warriors player who could be sidelined with concussion.
Carr is one of a number who could face concussion penalties if they are ruled out against the Sharks, with Shaun Fensom ruled out of the Sharks’ clash with Canberra on Saturday after being assessed with a suspected concussion.
The Sharks will be looking to return to the top of the table after finishing sixth last season, but Campbell has not ruled out playing their NRL premiership-winning players in the second game of their clash with the Warriors.
Coach Shane Flanagan has also named the halves of Sam Tagataese and Jarryd Hayne ahead of his side against the Roosters on Sunday, with the pair playing against each other in the NRL Grand Final earlier this month.