Timmins to miss Dragons' clash
with Panthers

Dragons pair Mark Gasnier and Shaun Timmins have been cleared of any serious injury following the side?s loss to North Queensland on Saturday night.

However, the Dragons advised New South Wales selectors this morning that Timmins would not be available for the second State of Origin match next week due to a pinched nerve in his neck.

The Origin I hero will miss the Dragons? clash with Penrith this Friday night because of the injury, but is expected to return the following round.

Gasnier didn?t train today but is expected to play against the under-strength Panthers on Friday.

Captain Trent Barrett and centre John Carlaw both remain under a fitness cloud for Friday?s game and will undergo further tests throughout the week, with a final decision on the pair unlikely to be made until game day.

Meanwhile, Penrith?s depth will be tested in the match, with the side losing a host of players due to Origin duty on top of their already hefty injury toll.

Coach John Lang is likely to retain the halves combination of Daniel Russell and Amos Roberts for the game, although there is speculation that skipper Craig Gower could make an early return from a knee injury.

Penrith will be without injured pair Preston Campbell and Ryan Girdler and Trent Waterhouse, Ben Ross, Rhys Wesser, Luke Rooney and Luke Lewis will all be unavailable due to Origin duties.

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