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Melbourne have received good news on the injury and judiciary fronts with prop Ben Cross the only player in doubt for Sunday's Grand Final against Manly.
Cross has been undergoing scans after injuring his hamstring in yesterday's 26-10 preliminary final win over Parramatta in Melbourne and is rated extremely unlikely to play. Garret Crossman is on standby for Cross having filled in for his fellow frontrower in the qualifying final win over Brisbane two weeks ago.
The news is better on injured Storm duo Israel Folau (calf muscle) and Clint Newton (ankle) with both declared certain starters on Sunday.
Forward Jeremy Smith has escaped suspension and can play despite being charged over a high tackle.
Smith has received a grade one careless high tackle charge from the video review committee after being put on report for his hit on Parramatta fullback Jarryd Hayne yesterday.
However he will not be suspended, whether or not he enters an early guilty plea or opts to defend the charge, as it does not carry enough penalty points to incur a ban.
Meanwhile, Parramatta centre Timana Tahu is facing a two match suspension he may never serve for a head slam on young Storm centre Israel Folau.
The Eels' defeat means Tahu was playing his last match of rugby league before switching to rugby union with the NSW Waratahs.
Elsewhere, Manly fullback Brett Stewart has been sent for precautionary scans on a knee injury but is in absolutely no doubt to play in Sunday's Grand Final against Melbourne.
Stewart has joined a list of players missing training today with niggling injuries after coming through Saturday's win over North Queensland with some knee soreness.
But Stewart insists the scans are precautionary and says there's no way he will miss Sunday's decider at Telstra Stadium. Despite having most of his squad working on rehabilitation coach Des Hasler maintains he'll have a full squad to select his team from tomorrow.