The Eels spent much of the first half of the 2022 season battling injuries, with an crisis in the outside backs at one stage seeing the club struggling to name a team with players in correct positions.
The Eels, who will be out to go one step further in 2023, will have the likes of Haze Dunster and Sean Russell back and available for selection from Round 1 this year, but centre turned winger Blake, as well as out of favour forward Brown, may not be among the players queuing up for a spot in Arthur's side.
Wacko's Whispers are reporting that the duo have both suffered injuries in pre-season, with Brown a hamstring, and Blake a broken arm.
Eels Nathan Brown (hamstring) and Waqa Blake (broken arm) have suffered injuries in pre season and both are in doubt for #NRLEelsStorm
— Wacko's Whispers (@WackosWhispers) January 20, 2023
It's unclear at this stage whether either player will be available for Round 1, and the club are yet to make comment on either injury.
Blake was a permanent part of the Eels side in 2022, and is likely to be so again in 2023, with the only question being whether he will play at centre or on the wing.
Brown, on the other hand, was out of the side for much of 2022, and is free to leave the club at the end of this season with the Eels already confirming they won't offer the off-contract forward a new deal.
The forward has been linked with a swap to the Wests Tigers, but unless he can secure an early release, will be pushing for a spot in Arthur's top 17 in 2023 to avoid spending the season in the NSW Cup.
The Eels are due to start their season with the opening game of the year against the Melbourne Storm.