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Storm lose Chambers to ankle injury

By AAP Newswire

Veteran Melbourne centre Will Chambers may not play again until the NRL finals after suffering an ankle injury at training.

Chambers has pulled out of the Storm line-up to face Gold Coast at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon and the prognosis is that the representative star will be sidelined for two to four weeks.

His place has been taken by another premiership-winning centre, Curtis Scott, who hasn't appeared in the NRL since fracturing his foot in round nine.

Scott has only managed six NRL matches this season due to the injury and wavering form, but after playing in their last two grand finals, the Storm have faith in the 21-year-old.

Melbourne have made one other late change with Joe Stimson dropping off the interchange bench to get some extra game time in the Queensland Cup, with his place taken by Tom Eisenhuth.

The Storm see their clash with last-placed Gold Coast as the perfect time to reclaim their home ground advantage at AAMI Park - once considered a fortress.

Melbourne may be on top of the competition ladder but it's come off the success of their away wins rather than at home.

Of the four losses they've had this season, three have come at home - and two of them in the past three weeks, including last week's shock loss to Canberra.

"We don't like losing at home any time and our away record is better than our home record this year which is a bit disappointing for us," Bellamy said.

"It's something that hopefully we can be a bit better at tomorrow."

Sunday's clash looks like a gimme on paper, but Bellamy says the Titans are better than their ladder position suggests.

They are coming off a 36-18 loss to Parramatta but Bellamy thinks they are an improved side with former Storm halfback Ryley Jacks in their line-up.

After surrendering an 18-0 lead to lose to the Raiders, the Storm were put through a torrid week at training and the master coach hoped the response would be obvious.

"It hasn't been all doom and gloom - if someone has said at the start of the year that at round 23 you would have had four losses, and none bigger than four points, you would have grabbed that with both hands," Bellamy said.

"But the circumstances last week were a bit surprising and disappointing.

"We'll see how we respond this week - we cleaned a few things up with our review and things we need to do better and hopefully we can get back to playing the footy we know we can play."

Meanwhile, the Storm announced on Saturday they have broken an all-time membership record, reaching 25,168 members for the first time in the club's 21-year history.