Gower to be released

Penrith halfback Craig Gower will be released from Hills Private hospital later today after tests cleared him of any serious chest damage.

Gower was rushed to hospital after being crunched in a late hit in yesterday's NRL win over Parramatta at Penrith Stadium. It was feared he had suffered a fractured sternum and bruised ribs but tests overnight and today have cleared the former skipper of any serious damage.

A C.T. scan revealed an area of blood around his trachea and bronchia explaining why Gower had started to cough blood in the changerooms. He will have more tests tomorrow before the Panthers decide his immediate playing future.