Knights coach Nathan Brown says Kalyn Ponga will be under no pressure to play against Manly on Saturday if the brilliant young fullback feels he is not up to it after having to deal with the tragic death of his cousin in New Zealand.
Ponga is expected to fly home on Friday morning following the funeral for his father Andre's niece and has indicated he wants to take part in the team's final training session leading into the Eagles clash at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The Knights will train on Friday afternoon instead of having their usual morning captain's run the day before the game to accommodate their young fullback.
Ultimately, the decision on whether he plays against Newcastle's arch-rival will rest with the 21-year-old.
"Sometimes football has to take a backseat and if that was the case this weekend, we're very supportive as a club," Brown said.
"But as it turns out, I believe Kalyn is keen to play. Andre [Ponga's father] is adamant that Kalyn certainly wants to play.
"It's obviously a very difficult situation for the family, it's very close to home so the whole family's obviously quite upset as we'd all expect. We've been told to expect KP will be home in the morning (on Friday) and we'll have a light run tomorrow afternoon."
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Live-wire Connor Watson, returning after overcoming a knee injury, is the obvious replacement at fullback if Ponga was to withdraw but the likely scenario is Watson will replace utility Kurt Mann on the bench.
Mann, who played limited minutes against the Dragons last weekend, has been struggling with niggling injuries over the past few weeks and Brown is keen to give him a chance to regain full fitness.
Backrower Sione Mata'utia is the other big injury concern with Brown rating him only a 50-50 chance of playing against Manly after he damaged his shoulder in the Dragons loss.
Mata'utia picked up a "burner" during the second half but while he continued playing, he has been struggling this week to get full strength back in his arm. Josh King is on standby.
"He would need to train tomorrow at 100 percent capacity to play so I'd suggest he is pretty doubtful at this stage,"Brown said.
The Knights go into the game looking down the barrel of a potential fourth straight loss and in desperate need of a win to ease some early season pressure.
While the side's defence has improved dramatically this season, it has come at the expense of their attack, with points at a premium in the opening four rounds.
"Every week there is pressure on, whether you have won a couple or lost a couple,"Brown said.
"Obviously not winning games is disappointing so when you lose and you lose a few on the bounce, the pressure mounts from a coaching point of view because we are in a win-loss sort of game.
"But as a coach, you don't coach for survival, you coach to do the best for the club and the team and that's what we'll continue to do."