Penrith expect to finally get some injury relief next week with star winger Josh Mansour poised for a return alongside the club's three State of Origin stars.
The Panthers' 24-12 loss to Cronulla on Friday night was their third in four weeks, as they've endured a difficult month without their first-choice halves pairing available to train.
Adding to that pain was the forced retirement of Peter Wallace, first-choice fullback Dylan Edwards being sidelined for the season and his replacement Dallin Watene-Zelezniak also going down.
But the worst now appears to be over for the Panthers who remain in fourth, with Mansour's return date from a serious facial injury earlier this year looking more imminent.
"We're pretty hopeful Mansour should be right," coach Anthony Griffin said.
"He had a really good final rehab run (Friday) and will join the main group on Monday and all things going well is a chance of playing next week.
"He's a Test winger and quality player. The other guys have done a great job. But we have a lot of our salary cap sitting on the sideline at the moment."
Joining him at training should at least be Nathan Cleary who has barely joined the team on the paddock since he was injured in round three and managed through the Origin period.
James Maloney has also been absent in recent weeks through Origin, and the club has since confirmed his foot injury suffered in NSW's Game III loss was not serious and he is a chance of facing the Broncos.
"Obviously everyone goes through this - or most teams do - when you have three or four or five players involved in Origin," Griffin said.
"That's the way the NRL season is. You need Origin players to build a really strong club. But the flipside of that is it really disrupts your club.
"Like everyone we've been disrupted but it will be nice on Monday now it's over to get everyone back.
"The level will go up of the competition over the next six or seven weeks and we've put ourselves in a good position to have a crack at it."
Reagan Campbell-Gillard is also expected back after breaking his jaw, while Watene-Zelezniak is working on the same return date from a hamstring problem.