Queensland No.7 Daly Cherry-Evans is set to shrug off a knee injury to be fit for State of Origin II on June 18.
Manly playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans is likely to be fit to take his place in the Queensland side for Origin II despite re-injuring his left knee in Manly’s 32-10 win over Canterbury on Friday.
Cherry-Evans aggravated the injury suffered in NSW’s 12-8 win in State of Origin I, in a controversial tackle from Bulldogs forward Sam Kasiano as the Sea Eagles No.7 attempted a kick early in the second half at Brookvale Oval.
He will undergo scans on Saturday, the results of which will likely be known later in the weekend.
Kasiano was put on report for the tackle and Cherry-Evans didn’t return to the game, sitting sidelined with his left knee heavily iced.
With first choice halfback Cooper Cronk sidelined with a broken arm suffered in the Origin opener, Cherry-Evans looms as a key obstacle in the NSW’s quest to end the Maroon’s eight-year stranglehold on the interstate series.
Obviously hampered by the injury, DCE played a starring role in Manly’s first half fightback, that saw them turn a 6-0 deficit into a 18-6 lead, before limping off.
The injury ruled the premiership-winning No.7 out of Manly’s 36-10 loss to Brisbane last week, on Saturday but is confident it won’t stop him from taking the ANZ Stadium turf on June 18.
“I’m confident it will be right,” he said.
“I’ll rest up and take it easy and should be sweet.”
Manly coach Geoff Toovey aired his concerns over Kasiano’s tackle but shared DCE’s confidence in his recovery.
“He hasn’t done any more damage, but he has just inflamed it a little bit more,” Toovey said.
“Hopefully it will settle down in the next few days and he will be right to play.
“The doctors have looked at some minor scans and they have assessed and they have said there is no more damage.”
Toovey said Jamie Lyon suffered a grade one hamstring strain in the match but with the joint premiership frontrunners enjoying the bye next weekend, the Sea Eagles captain will be fit for the round 14 match against Cronulla.