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Injured Players To Decide On
Warriors coach Daniel Anderson and his Sydney Roosters counterpart Ricky Stuart will let injured stars Stacey Jones and Brad Fittler decide for themselves whether they will play in Sunday's NRL grand final rematch at Aussie Stadium.
Anderson, who ruled Jones (groin) out at the 11th hour last weekend, said his playmaker would travel with the team to Sydney tomorrow and be given every chance to play at Aussie Stadium.
Ultimately, the decision is likely to rest with Jones.
"If he's says he's confident and ready to play he will," Anderson said today.
The same goes for Fittler.
Stuart, who'll be without Fittler's replacement Chris Flannery (suspension), will let his captain make up his own mind on whether he takes the field on Sunday.
Fittler has been troubled by a shoulder injury and was rated only an even money chance of playing today.
"At the moment it's 50-50 and Sticky (Stuart) has left it in my hands," Fittler said.
"I think it's one of those things where 50 players are playing with injuries that don't get better."
Both sides are in the fortunate position of having already secured their place in the top eight, with the Roosters entrenched in the top four.
However, they still have plenty to play for.
The Roosters remain the favourites to win the minor premiership, but if they slip-up over the final two rounds they could drop as low as fourth.
"It's important for us to win a grand final and ... to finish one or two is the best way for us to win a grand final," Fittler
Anderson certainly expects Fittler to play.
"Of course we are," Anderson said.
"I know Ricky is pretty shrewd. He doesn't mind pulling big numbered jumpers.
"I am expecting a team different (to the one named)."
The Warriors coach is also expected to tinker with his side after hooker Tavita Latu was suspended last night by the NRL judiciary.
However, much hinges on Jones and whether he takes his place.
Anderson is loath to take any chances with Jones, who could miss the entire finals series if he aggravates the injury.
"It's not do or die," Anderson said.
"As I said to Stacey, we want him to be able to zip. I want him to be able to do that in a game.
"We showed we could win without Stace last year.
"At this stage he's not playing.
"(But) he's doing more and becoming more confident."
One thing is for certain, Jones will be back before the finals series.
"He knows he's playing against the Wests Tigers no matter what."