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Sydney Roosters skipper Craig Fitzgibbon is in doubt for Saturday night's NRL clash against Melbourne at Olympic Park due to his ankle injury.
Fitzgibbon rolled his left ankle in Sunday's 24-18 win over the Gold Coast and only took part light training with the Roosters today. The former Test backrower says he will try to take part in tomorrow's final training run before a decision is made on his availability for the match.
The Roosters are desperate to have Fitzgibbon's leadership with experienced trio Braith Anasta, Anthony Minichiello and Anthony Tupou all unavailable due to State of Origin commitments. The Storm have also been heavily affected by the Origin clash with five players involved in both the NSW and Queensland sides.
Kiwi international Jake Webster has been axed from the Gold Coast first grade squad, with Smith Samau coming into the side for tomorrow night's clash with St George Illawarra in Wollongong.
The out-of-form Webster will play for Ipswich in the Queensland Cup this weekend while winger Samau will be appearing in just his second NRL match after debuting for Melbourne last year. New Titans recruit Josh Lewis will travel to WIN Stadium as 18th man, with several of his teammates carrying niggling injuries.