Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart admits a short turnaround might force him to make changes against top-four Parramatta.
The Raiders mentor was also full of praise for the sacrifice emerging star Xavier Savage made in playing on with a shoulder injury in his starring performance in the 34-18 victory over the Cronulla Sharks on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.
But the win came at a cost with not only Savage injured. Dally M Medallist Jack Wighton (chest) was unable to finish the game after copping a stray boot in the first half.
State of Origin gun Josh Papalii also played reduced minutes after starting on the bench, with Stuart saying he had a few players busted up and he wouldn't be afraid to bring in new faces to face the Eels on the Gold Coast on Thursday night.
Both Savage and Wighton could be ruled out due to injury, meaning Stuart could call on back-up half Matt Frawley and Caleb Aekins to cover the duo.
Stuart might also decide playing a third game in eight days was a bridge too far for Papalii and call on his forward depth to give the big-hearted enforcer a breather.
"Yeah [Wighton] is [in a bit of pain]. We've got a few busted up actually so we'll just wait and see," he said.
"We've got a very short turnaround against a good football team this week so we might see a few new faces because I'm not going to risk anybody at the moment.
"It's too much of a balance at this part of the season, so I'll wait and see how Jack pulls up and a couple of the other guys."
Savage was sensational in just his second legitimate NRL game - having also played as an illegal substitute against St George Illawarra.
The 19-year-old showed his blinding pace will be a weapon for the Green Machine for years to come.
He dashed over for his maiden NRL try, made a line break that led to another and ran for 244 metres while making seven tackle busts in an accomplished display.
It had Stuart positive about things to come for the young star.
Although Savage will be waiting to see how he pulls up to see whether he'll right to face the Eels.
"You can't coach speed. He's still got a lot to learn about the game, he's a very coachable young man, he's a credit to his mum and family up north," Stuart said.
"He's got a beautiful family that support him. He won't get ahead of himself and we won't let him.
"He did a good job tonight and he showed if he keeps his head down, he keeps committed to the hard work, and he's got a future ahead of him.
"There's a long way to go, but he's certainly on the right track.
"That was his biggest credit on the night - that he played on with injury.
"So for me that was where he got a great tick of approval because a lot of players can't play under duress like that and for a young boy who is just out of school he did a really good job in handling that pain.
"And I thought Jordan Rapana did an outstanding job in protecting him, pushing himself back to fullback."