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Inglis expected back at Souths this week

NZN 5/06/2017 Emma Kemp

South Sydney look forward to welcoming Greg Inglis back to the NRL club this week and teammates say their captain is in good spirits after taking time out to deal with depression.

The Rabbitohs have given Inglis all the space he needs since the injured Queensland Origin and Australian Test star checked himself into a mental health clinic last month.

The club said Inglis had left the clinic last week and been spending quality time with family before rejoining teammates at Redfern, where he will commence rehabilitation on his season-ending ACL injury.

"He's not here today, he'll be back in this week - I'm not sure if he'll be in tomorrow or Wednesday," stand-in captain Sam Burgess said on Monday.

"Obviously Greg has wanted some space ... he's in a great place and we're really looking forward to having him back around the club.

"He's a huge part of the team and everyone has missed him."

Burgess himself had only "very briefly" spoken to Inglis, but a number of senior players including John Sutton went to see him last week.

"I got out there and got to see the big fella," Sutton said.

"We just talked about guy stuff and a bit of footy, just hung out. It was good.

"He's in good spirits. Having him back will boost the camaraderie. He's a superstar of the game and a champion bloke."

The news comes days after the Rabbitohs denied speculation Inglis had requested a release from the club.

Souths return from a bye weekend that couldn't have come at a better time after their last-out 22-16 loss to Parramatta sparked an almighty spray from seething coach Michael Maguire.

Now in 13th place, with a 4-8 record and four points outside the top eight, an away win against in-form Brisbane on Friday night is essentially a must to rescue their stuttering season.

Yet Burgess remained hopeful the 2014 premiers could still turn it around.

"Of course we can, we showed that last year - we left it probably too late last year," he said.

"Look, we don't want to be in the position we're in now, I'll be the first person to say that.

"But what's in our favour is the table is very tight ... we're a couple of wins out of the eight and we've had a couple of games that could have gone our way.

"The message from Madge has been very clear and direct, now it's our responsibility as a playing group to carry that onto the field."

Adam Reynolds was spotted with a heavily strapped knee at Redfern Oval on Monday morning, but Burgess said he'd been training well and wasn't aware of any injury that would stop the halfback playing against the Broncos.

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