A suspected broken hand and a bug will not stop Queensland forward Nate Myles joining four other Titans players returning for the NRL clash with Penrith.
Sent for scans on a suspected broken hand one day.
Quarantined at Gold Coast training the next.
But it seems nothing will stop Queensland forward Nate Myles joining four other Titans players returning for Saturday’s NRL home clash with an unchanged Penrith.
Myles suffered what was first thought to be a fractured hand in the 20th minute of Queensland’s 12-8 State of Origin I loss to NSW but stayed on the field to notch 26 tackles and 126m – the most by a Maroons forward.
Scans cleared him but Myles was still a notable absentee at Titans training early this week after being quarantined with Paul Carter battling a bug.
However, Titans physio Greg Condon backed Myles to return to the Gold Coast line-up along with NSW forward and fellow co-captain Greg Bird (suspension), halfback Albert Kelly (leg), Kevin Gordon (knee) and Brad Takairangi (quad).
“Nate injured his hand in the Origin game and has a bug at the moment but he should train later in the week and he should be okay,” Condon said.
Matt Srama replaces hooker Beau Falloon (back) while Carter moves to a Titans bench featuring James Roberts – an ex-Panther along with Brad Tighe and pivot Maurice Blair.
Roberts was cut by Penrith earlier this year for off-field disciplinary issues.
At Wests Tigers, Canberra-bound fullback James Tedesco is finally back from a lengthy ankle injury in Sunday’s clash in Newcastle.
“Teddy was enormous at the start of the year and we weren’t happy with his decision to leave,” said Wests Tigers prop Aaron Woods who returns from NSW duty with Robbie Farah.
“But I am happy for him as a mate. It’s massive boost for the Tigers to have him back.”
For Newcastle, ex-Blues flyer Akuila Uate replaces Josh Mantellato and NSW back-rower Beau Scott returns.
Incumbent Queensland No.7 Daly Cherry-Evans (knee) will get another crack at his NSW tormentor Josh Reynolds after being named for Manly’s Friday night clash with Canterbury.
Origin I casualties Cherry-Evans and Anthony Watmough (biceps) return after missing Sunday’s 36-10 thrashing by Brisbane.
The Dogs have their NSW halves of Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson while Chase Stanley replaces injured Blues flyer Josh Morris (knee).
At Parramatta, Luke Kelly replaces Nathan Peats (knee) at hooker and Willie Tonga and Kenny Edwards are back from injury for Friday night’s clash North Queensland.
At Cronulla, pivot Fa’amanu Brown and ex-Australian Schoolboy winger Jacob Gagan have earned NRL debuts, NSW back-rower Luke Lewis returns but Jeff Robson, Ricky Leutele, Jonathan Wright, Sosaia Feki and Junior Roqica are out injured for Saturday night’s away clash with St George Illawarra.
Interim Dragons coach Paul McGregor has persisted with Josh Dugan in the centres while NSW forward Trent Merrin is back.
At South Sydney, Alex Johnston (quad) returns from injury to replace Nathan Merritt against an unchanged Warriors for Saturday night’s clash in Perth.
At Melbourne, makeshift No.7 Cameron Smith moves back to hooker, Ben Roberts from pivot to halfback and Tohu Harris from lock to five-eighth for Sunday’s home clash with the Sydney Roosters.
At Brisbane, Queensland centre Justin Hodges (ankle) returns against an unchanged Raiders for Monday night’s clash in Canberra.