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Brett Kimmorley could still play in the Sharks' clash with the Warriors in New Zealand tomorrow despite being concussed in Country's 12-6 loss to City last night.
Kimmorley, who was knocked out in a tackle with Melbourne's Ryan Hoffman last night, has boarded a flight to Auckland with his four Sharks teammates and will be assessed before the game tomorrow. A stack of Country players are walking wounded after last night's loss including Phil Graham (medial ligament), Preston Campbell (knee) and Anthony Laffranchi (broken nose).
Craig Fitzgibbon (cheekbone), Josh Morris and Kurt Gidley (both hip) are also carrying injuries but are expected to back up for their teams this weekend. Manly's Jason King is the only injury concern out of the City camp with scans today to determine the extent of a rib inury.
Gold Coast Titans fullback Preston Campbell has been ruled out for four-to-six weeks with a knee injury sustained in last night's City-Country clash at Coffs Harbour.
As a result, former England fullback Richie Mathers will make his NRL debut against the North Queensland Cowboys on Monday night at Carrara Stadium. The in-form Campbell has had his NSW selection chances dashed for the May 23 Origin series opener against Queensland after Titans medical staff confirmed posterior cruciate ligament damage to his left knee.
Titans doctor Paul Ohmeson says the injury doesn't require surgery.
Meanwhile, Australian Rugby League chief executive Geoff Carr says administrators will look at better scheduling of NRL matches around next year's City v Country Origin match.
Moments of attacking flair were rare as City beat Country 12-6 in a dour match in Coffs Harbour with both teams struggling to develop combinations with only two days of full preparation. Carr admits the scheduling of Cronulla v Newcastle - in which ten City-Country players were originally involved - on Monday night had made things difficult for both sides.
Carr says the NRL will look at scheduling non-NSW teams such as New Zealand and North Queensland for the Monday night game prior to next year's City v Country.