NRL Rd 6 - Raiders v Eels
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Mitchell Moses of the Eels offloads the ball during the round six NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Parramatta Eels at GIO Stadium on April 17, 2021, in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

Mitchell Moses is a chance of playing again before the finals, the Parramatta Eels confirmed on Tuesday evening.

Initial fears surrounding a broken finger - sustained during Friday night's win over the Penrith Panthers at CommBank Stadium, had Moses racing the clock to be fit for the finals after undergoing surgery for the injury.

Moses, who has been replaced by Jakob Artur, has been instrumental for the Eels this season, with the club's chances at making the top four ahead of the finals taking a battering thanks to his injury.

The club said on Monday however that the star half could return in Round 24 if everything goes to plan, suggesting he may only need three weeks on the sidelines.

"The Parramatta Eels will be without Mitch Moses for at least three weeks to a finger injury," the club said in a statement.

"The halfback broke his finger in Friday's win over the Panthers and had surgery on it yesterday.

"He is expected to be fit to return to play by Round 24 at the earliest."

It's understood Jakob Arthur himself isn't at full fitness and the blue and gold may be forced to play Clint Gutherson in the halves after he was seen training there on Monday.

A three-week lay-off for Moses would see him miss games against the Manly Sea Eagles, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bulldogs, before potentially being available to play the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm in what is one of the NRL's most difficult runs to the finish line.

The club also confirmed Bailey Simonsson is out this week with a hamstring injury, having been a late withdrawal last week.

He is a chance to return in Round 22 against the Rabbitohs however, according to the club.

The Eels have no other new injury concerns, however, both Ray Stone and Haze Dunster remained sidelined for the rest of the season with ACL injuries.