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Nels Anderson will be out of the Newcastle Jets’ game against the Cronulla Sharks in a fortnight

Nels, who was one of the club’s first draft picks in 2011, will not play on Saturday night as he continues his recovery from a groin injury.

Nels Anderson is expected to miss up to a fortnight of the Jets’ season as he recovers from a calf injury.

Key points:Nels, 27, injured groin in preseasonNels was expected to be fit to face the Cronuluns on Saturday, but it’s not expected he’ll play against the SharksNels will be sidelined until at least the end of MarchNels is recovering from a hamstring injury suffered during training ahead of the NSW Cup match against the Broncos last week.

The 26-year-old was in the side for the opening three rounds of the competition last year but was ruled out for the final five rounds with a hamstring strain.

Coach Stuart Lancaster confirmed on Monday that the injury had not required surgery.

“Nels had a scan and it came back negative, so there’s no surgery on the injury,” he said.

“We’re going to monitor that and see what the prognosis is.”

It’s good news for the Jets to see the forward back on the field, especially with the Kangaroos likely to be without All Australian lock James Tedesco.

The Kangarooes had hoped to field a strong side in this match, but Nels’ injury means they are likely to lose All-Australian lock Jarrad McVeigh and key defender Sam Carter.

The loss of McVegh and Carter means the Jets are unlikely to have a significant player in the halves.

“It’s a blow to the squad,” Lancaster said.

“He’s a good player, a good bloke, a great teammate and we’re all really disappointed about that.”

Nels suffered the injury during the Cronuli-NRL clash last Saturday night.

The former Canterbury and Wests Tigers man sustained the injury in the second quarter and was assessed by physiotherapist Mark Jones.

Nelson was on crutches when he was taken to the ground, but was assessed and was ruled fit to return to the field.

The Jets are currently in the top four in the NRL ladder, four points behind second-placed Melbourne and five ahead of eighth-placed Sydney.