In contention ... Parramatta's Chris Sandow.

Back on the bench ... Parramatta's Chris Sandow. Photo: Getty Images

Parramatta halfback Chris Sandow has been recalled to the Eels top team for Friday night's match against Canterbury but will start from the interchange bench.

Sandow was banished to the NSW Cup last weekend but did enough in his match with Wentworthville to convince coach Stephen Kearney he was ready to return to the top grade.

However, Kearney has named him on the bench after Sandow's replacement Casey McGuire had a solid game in the 31-30 loss to Wests Tigers.