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Cronulla utility Greg Bird will learn if his NRL season is over today. He has been cleared of a broken foot but will visit a specialist to learn the full extent of ligament damage.
Team mate and club halfback Brett Kimmorley has been cleared of any further damage to a knee complaint that's plagued him for three weeks.
Injured Dragons pivot Trent Barrett will have to play for St George Illawarra this weekend to be a chance for Origin selection, according to Laurie Daley. But club sources suggest the Dragons plan to rest Barrett from their Sunday clash against Wests Tigers so he can to fully recover from a quadriceps injury that kept him out of Origin II.
Daley elaborated on potential Blues selections, stating that Bulldogs prop Mark O'Meley is in the Origin mix after his impressive NRL return last Sunday following an eight-week lay-off with a leg injury. Things weren't so good for club hooker Adam Perry though, who could be out for up to a fortnight with a gluteal tear.
Meanwhile, Penrith's upset victory over the Storm was tarnished a little, with news that Luke Lewis has suffered a suspected broken hand. The Panthers looked set to turn their ailing season around when they ended a five-game losing run with a gutsy 28-14 victory at Melbourne on Saturday.
Lewis could be out for up to six weeks.
And at Canberra, former NSW Origin player Mat Adamson has been cleared of a rib fracture but will miss six weeks with cartilage damage.