Storm winger fit for Panthers' clash

Melbourne Storm winger Dustin Cooper has passed a final fitness test this morning and will play in tomorrow?s clash with the Panthers in Penrith.

Cooper, who had been battling to overcome an injury to his right shoulder throughout the week, trained strongly today and will start on the wing for the Storm, meaning rookie Cooper Cronk stays as 18th man.

?The shoulder feels pretty good and I got through today?s session without any troubles so it should be fine for Sunday,? Cooper said.

?I?ve been struggling with it a bit this week but it seems to be getting better at the right time.?

22-year-old Cooper is one of several changes to the Storm?s backline in recent weeks due to a long line of injuries - local product Jake Webster will play just his second NRL match on the on the wing for the Storm tomorrow.

Last year Melbourne defeated the Panthers twice, including a 32-12 win at Penrith Stadium in round 14.

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