Barrett injury 'not too bad' -
Thompson early plea

X-rays on the ankle of Trent Barrett have revealed severe bruising and the NSW five eighth should be available for State of Origin selection. It was feared that Barrett may have broken his ankle when he was limped from the field yesterday afternoon.

“It's pretty sore and swollen, but the x-rays showed there was no re-fracture which was the news we were hoping for,” Barrett said. “It's in exactly the same spot as where I broke it during the Sevens.”

Front rower Luke Bailey has also been cleared following a lower back injury but both players are in doubt for this weekend's Telstra Premiership match against the Panthers at Penrith.

Bailey and Barrett played a big part in yesterdays match against the Sharks with the Dragons celebrating their return to Kogarah Jubilee Oval with a 28-12 victory.

Meanwhile, Dragons back rower Lance Thompson was the only player cited by the NRL Judiciary this week.

Thompson was placed on report in the 36th minute by referee Bill Harrigan and later cited for a Grade 1 Striking charge on Cronulla Sharks captain Brett Kimmorley.

An early guilty plea will see Thompson fined 56 points and avoid match suspension.

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