The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Parramatta centre Ben Smith will have an arthroscope on his injured knee tomorrow following a series of MRI scans today.
Smith injured his knee early in the second half of Parramatta's 12-10 win over the New Zealand Warriors last Friday and remains in serious doubt for Saturday night's semi-final with the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium.
If the centre is ruled out, coach Michael Hagan is likely to promote Joel Reddy from premier league onto the wing with Krisnan Inu to shift to centre. The Eels however received good news today with hooker PJ Marsh's thumb injury not as serious as first thought and cleared to play against the Bulldogs.
Manly's Glenn Stewart and Chris Hicks both remain a chance at playing in next week's preliminary finals after scans cleared them of broken ankles.
Stewart and Hicks have both suffered partial ligament tears in their ankles and will undergo intensive rehabilitation before Saturday week's grand final qualifier in Sydney. Backrower Stewart suffered his injury early in the Sea Eagles' 30-6 victory over South Sydney last Saturday night, but managed to return to the field and complete the game.
Winger Hicks, however, was carried off Brookvale Oval in obvious distress amid fears he had broken his ankle in a sickening fall.