Hamlin-Uele to miss a month after injury from hip drop

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Cronulla prop Braden Hamlin-Uele will miss up to a month with a knee injury after scans confirmed ligament damage from a Jeremiah Nanai hip-drop tackle.

The Sharks revealed on Monday Hamlin-Uele had suffered a grade-two medial ligament strain to his left knee during their win over North Queensland, meaning he will miss around four weeks.

His absence comes as a significant hit to Cronulla, who are already without fellow prop Toby Rudolf until at least the end of June.

In better news, the Sharks will welcome back Dale Finucane for Saturday's Magic Round clash with the Dolphins, after the middle forward served a three-game ban for a hip drop of his own.

Hamlin-Uele's injury setback comes after North Queensland second-rower Nanai accepted a four-match ban for the tackle, which rules him out of State of Origin I for the Maroons.