Souths star Greg Inglis will have to nurse a hip injury through the NRL final series.
South Sydney star Greg Inglis will play through the NRL finals series with a hip injury that is restricting his training and his effectiveness in games.
Inglis was run down by Sydney Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce in the premiers’ win over the Rabbitohs in their final round clash at Allianz Stadium on Thursday.
The superstar fullback got up from Pearce’s tackle following the 60m chase slapping his hip, leaving many to question his fitness.
Ahead of Friday’s qualifying final match with Manly, Inglis said the injury is a problem he will have to nurse through the finals.
“It is having an affect,” he said at training on Tuesday.
“This time of year everyone is playing with injuries, that is just the way our bodies are and that is the way the competition is, everyone is on the same wavelength.
“It is not that bad, it does give me grief throughout the week and in the games, but at the end of the day I have a job to do and that is to do the best I can for the team.”
The Rabbitohs face their 2013 finals conquerors Manly at Allianz Stadium for a week off and progression through to the third week of the playoffs.
Souths enter the game as big favourites against the injury-hit Sea Eagles who have Glenn Stewart (ankle-season), Jamie Buhrer (knee – season) and Matt Ballin (leg – indefinite) sidelined.
Prop Brenton Lawrence (knee) and fullback Brett Stewart (ankle) also missed their last-start loss to North Queensland.
Lawrence is likely to play but the club says Stewart, who also missed Manly’s qualifying final against the Roosters last season, remains a 50/50 proposition.
“At the end of the day if Stewart doesn’t play they have Peta Hiku, he is high quality and Manly are one side that can turn up and put a show on,” Inglis said.
“They know how to turn up the heat in the finals, they have a lot of strike power across the park.