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Winger Manu Vatuvei returns as expected but centre Konrad Hurrell has been ruled out for the Vodafone Warriors’ 19th-round NRL match against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night (7.30pm kick-off local time).<br /> <br /> Vatuvei, the club’s try-scoring record holder, again trained impressively today before the team to face the fourth-placed Broncos was confirmed.<br /> <br /> After having surgery on his left knee on June 22, he has recovered quickly to make his comeback within the three-four week time frame initially predicted.<br /> <br /> Hurrell, who left the field with a foot injury in Saturday night’s match against Gold Coast, trained in the gym today.<br /> Vodafone Warriors head coach Brian McClennan was still hopeful as the team trained that the rookie sensation might recover in time but by mid-afternoon Hurrell had been forced out.<br /> His unavailability sees Lewis Brown starting in the centres after playing in the position for the last 24 minutes of the Gold Coast match after Hurrell left the field.<br /> <br /> “Kon’s not going to be right this week but we’re hopeful he’ll miss just this week and will be back for our home game against Newcastle (on July 21),” he said.<br /> <br /> “Lewie knows the position well. He played there for most of the second half after Kon went off on Saturday night and we know he’ll do a really good job for us against the Broncos.<br /> <br /> “While we’ve lost Kon it’s a big boost to have Manu back. He’s such an important part of our team for so many reasons. He’s been training terrifically and it’s great having his experience out there.”<br /> Hurrell was in devastating touch against the Titans, scoring his first NRL hat-trick to lift his tally for the season to 12 in 12 appearances, elevating him to third on the try-scoring chart.<br /> <br /> With Brown starting in the centres, Omar Slaimankhel has been named on a five-man interchange along with former Vodafone Junior Warriors back rower Sebastine Ikahihifo, who appeared in the 2010 and 2011 NYC grand final triumphs. He has been a regular for the