Storm's Papenhuyzen cleared to take on Titans

Joel Carrett/AAP PHOTOS

Superstar fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen has cruised through Melbourne's captain's run and will make his long-awaited return from injury as the Storm face Gold Coast.

Missing from the NRL for 13 months after shattering his knee-cap in a tackle, Papenhuyzen looked sharp as he ran with the reserves in their AAMI Park hit-out on Friday.

He came through three games unscathed with feeder side Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Queensland Cup and, with just a Thursday night clash against heavyweights Brisbane remaining after this weekend before finals, gets his opportunity against the Titans on Saturday.

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy gave no guarantee after training that the fan-favourite would have a run against the Titans, saying it would depend on his recovery from the session.

But 25-year-old Papenhuyzen later got the green light, confirmed on the bench alongside Bronson Garlick, Tepai Moeroa and Tom Eisenhuth.

"We'll see how he pulls up from training today and then if he pulls up OK, and I mean 100 per cent OK, there's a good chance that we will put him in somewhere tomorrow," Bellamy said.

"We're not going to take any chances now - since he's been playing there's a couple of sessions he's pulled up real sore from so he might not of trained the next session or being in doubt for the Queensland Cup.

"We're still not expecting too much of him so we'll see how he goes today and then go from there."

On paper the fourth-placed Storm should have no trouble accounting for the Titans who are 13th on the ladder, though the visitors did win their previous encounter 38-34 back in March.

Bellamy said he was surprised to see Parramatta, who are out of finals contention, upset competition leaders Penrith 32-18 in their Thursday night clash.

He said taking on a team out of the running for the play-offs could prove dangerous.

"Teams that can't make the finals, they've got nothing to lose, so they probably throw the ball around a little bit more than what they generally would as it frees them up.

"If you don't go out and defend that well, that's when you really get hurt.

"If they play that ad-lib footy and the passes stick it's hard to handle."