Manly playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans says his troublesome knee injury won’t be 100 per cent for a number of weeks.
Daly Cherry-Evans has been rested from Manly training this week, but the Sea Eagles halfback concedes it will still be a number of weeks before his troublesome knee is 100 per cent.
Cherry-Evans overcame the knee complaint to take the field in Queensland’s State of Origin II defeat last Wednesday and backed up on Saturday to help the Manly to an NRL victory over Cronulla.
The 25-year-old will run onto Brookvale Oval on Friday in the round 16 grand final rematch against premiers the Sydney Roosters, but says he isn’t yet back to full fitness after a “strenuous” Origin series.
“The knee is alright, it was a bit sore after Origin, but I felt it recovered pretty well,” he said.
“I think over the next few weeks I will be monitored.
“It would have to take an unfortunate situation, similar to what happened with (a late tackle from) Sam Kasiano (to reinjure it), other than that the general bumps and bruises you get from rugby league, that can’t be helped.
“Days off are what helps it, resting, physio, the Manly club is very conscious of that and they have been very helpful.
“But now I’m ready to go, I’m excited for Friday night, the Roosters are playing really good football.
“It should be a good game but when you look at both side’s defence I can’t see it being a blowout on the scoreboard.”
The superstar playmaker was given three days off this week and coach Geoff Toovey is confident both club and player are managing the injury well.
“Daly is young enough and tough enough to get over that sort of stuff,” Toovey said.
“He obviously has to be managed well, which we do here at Manly.
“He has had some time off this week and he will bounce back better for it.
“State of Origin is a negative and a positive in that respect.”