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CQU Berserker defender Craig Porter will be under the microscope in returning from a knee injury this weekend.

Porter returns from a six-week absence for his team's Capricornia Soccer League clash against Central at Elizabeth Park tonight.

The experienced defender is just one player Central Queensland Cougars coaching staff will be keeping a close eye on this weekend as they seek possible new squad recruits.

The Cougars squad is chasing more players after five withdrew from this year's State Cup campaign.

Gladstone's Nathan Rabnott, of Clinton, is unavailable through commitments with a QAS regional cricket scholarship while Bluebirds United's Bradd Dillon is having ongoing problems with a back injury.

Clinton's Brendan Hancock, Bluebirds United's Joe Karner and Nerimbera Brothers' Jade Dilleen have also made themselves unavailable.

Despite the player losses the Cougars had 14 players attend their first training run at Rockhampton's Jardine Park on Wednesday night.

"The intensity of that first session was excellent,'' Cougars coach Justin Kilshaw said.

One player absent was Nerimbera's Tristan Fraser who has shown his team commitment by organising day training sessions to compensate for his work night shifts.

Round 17 ? Bluebirds United v Parkana (Webber Park), Nerimbera Brothers v Cap Coast (Pilbeam Park), BITS v Frenchville (BITS), CQU Berserker v Central (Elizabeth Park), Clinton v Southside United (Clinton).

Points ? Frenchville 38, CQU Berserker 33, Clinton 28, Nerimbera Brothers 25, Southside United 24, BITS 20, Bluebirds United 17, Cap Coast 14, Central 9, Parkana 4.

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