Posted: 26 March, 2013
by Sportal/Triple M
Barba's Good Friday Return
Matty Johns reckons Barba can pull an extra 10,000 fans to game
Ben Barba is set to give NRL fans an early Easter present with the Bulldogs expected to name the reigning Dally M medallist in their side to face an unbeaten South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
"They're expecting around 50,000 people, I reckon Benny Barba can pull an extra 10,000 people...so that is great news," Matty Johns said on Triple M Sydney's Grill Team.
The superstar full-back was suspended indefinitely by the club on February 25 for behavioural breaches.
He subsequently checked in to a private clinic and completed an intensive two-week live-in counselling program to deal with gambling and alcohol issues.
Initial reports suggested he would be sidelined for several months or even the entire season, but Barba will be back in the number one jersey on Good Friday, just 32 days after his exile began.
Canterbury coach Des Hasler may opt to play mind games with the Rabbitohs and leave Barba's name off the team sheet on Tuesday afternoon.
But the 23-year-old, who has been back training with his team-mates for a fortnight, will play barring any mishaps at training this week.
Injured prop Sam Kasiano and back-rower Frank Pritchard are not expected to be named in Hasler's squad to face the Bunnies.
Meanwhile, the Rabbitohs will be without Matt King for up to four months after the veteran winger broke his arm for the second time in six months on Saturday.
King, 32, was making his comeback for feeder club North Sydney against Newtown when the injury occurred.
The former NSW and Kangaroos winger is reportedly considering hanging up the boots after 111 games in the top grade.
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