Brisbane could rush back as many as five players, including strike weapon Israel Folau, for Sunday’s clash with fellow NRL desperates Cronulla.
They will also be boosted by the return of popular skills coach Allan “Alfie” Langer, whose suspension was lifted after he was fined and disqualified from driving on Monday for drink driving.
“It’ll be good to have him (Langer) back. There’ll be a smile on their (the players’) faces when they see him and I’m sure he’ll be ready for their wise cracks,” Henjak said.
A bold punter backed the last-placed Broncos – who have won just one of their first five games – to win $264,000 in a single bet at $67 with Sportingbet Australia only hours before Henjak signalled the return of a number of top line players led by Folau.
He could be joined by exciting young winger Jharal Yow Yeh, suspended duo Ben Te’o and Antonio Winterstein and senior prop Nick Kenny, a late scratching from last week’s loss to the Dragons.
The injection of Folau and Yow Yeh will give the back line strike-power and take some heat off Darren Lockyer and Peter Wallace.
Brisbane took on St George Illawarra with the youngest and most inexperienced side in the club’s history outside of Origin dates.
They were gutsy in the first half and had a real dig despite some tough penalty decisions at crucial stages.
“The two suspended players will be back and Izzy (Folau) and Jharal could be back as well,” Henjak said.
“Nick Kenny is another possibility, so there’s a few troops there.”
Yow Yeh has not played this season after hurting his knee in the All Stars game in February.
“Jharal finished last year really well and he was good in the All Stars game and we were looking forward to him playing after a really good preseason,” he said.
“I’ll check them all in the morning (Tuesday) and see what the latest medical update on them is first.”
Brisbane’s biggest danger after tough games against big packs is looking at struggling Cronullag and thinking the task will be a lot easier at Lang Park on Sunday.
“I think we’re pretty desperate, I hope they’re not thinking like that,” Henjak said.
“We’ll be reminding them of the standard we need.
“We took some steps last week and we don’t want to go backwards, we want to keep improving.”