South Sydney coach Michael Maguire could be given a week's grace from potentially squeezing out one of his young halves to accommodate the return of John Sutton as Adam Reynolds faces a one-week ban.

Injuries could add to South Sydney's woes as the fallout from their 21-14 win against Canterbury on Thursday night continues. Sam Burgess (knee and ribs) is in the most doubt to be fit for next Thursday's clash against the Roosters while Chris McQueen (concussion and swollen eye) and Greg Inglis (hip) are expected to be OK.

Sutton is expected to return from a knee injury after having not played since round 20. Reynolds and Luke Keary have shone in Sutton's absence, which could force the South Sydney captain into the back-row, where he started the season with limited success. But with Reynolds facing a one-week ban for a dangerous throw charge, Sutton could be slotted back into his preferred five-eighth role with Keary wearing No.7.  

Teammate Issac Luke could also be sidelined for dangerous contact after kicking opposing hooker Michael Ennis as the South Sydney No.9 attempted to play the ball. The players will be banned for one game regardless of the plea.

Any suspension will come at a cruel time for Reynolds, who starred in the dying stages of the match against Canterbury to lay on the match-winning try. A Reynolds' cut-out pass found an unmarked Lote Tuqiri who scored, while he also secured a line drop out and kicked a field goal in a dominant final seven-minute performance.

Reynolds, who battled a hamstring and lower back complaint to play, said closing out the game was an aspect of his match he had been working on with Maguire.

"It's something I spoke to Madge [Maguire] about," Reynolds said. "As a half you want to get your hands on the ball when the game is on the line. It's a lot of hard work at training.

"Me and Keary spend a lot of time kicking the ball around and getting those plays right. We have good combinations going."

Reynolds, who would not speculate on his lifting tackle, said he was not sure what Maguire's plans would be upon Sutton's return.

"We haven't touched on it," he said. "It'll be a bonus having him back there. Wherever he plays it'll be good for us. Me and Lukey are playing some good footy and Sutto is a crucial part of our team. Whatever Madge goes with I'm sure the team will be happy."

A banged-up Burgess declared he had not been "this sore for a long time" as he celebrated his two-try performance. Faced with a continuing shoulder problem, Burgess hurt his knee when it collided with a teammate. A shot to the ribs by England teammate James Graham also left him wounded.

He came from the field early in the second half but returned.

"I struggled a bit," Burgess said, despite being the only player to run for more than 200 metres in attack on Thursday night. "I've got a few injuries but I managed to get through. Everything is sore. [James Graham] got me a couple of times. He's a great bloke but that's footy. I was probably trying to do the same to him."

Canterbury's Dale Finucane is also facing a one-game stint on the sidelines for a dangerous throw charge.