Matt Ballin looks set to miss out on the clash against the Bulldogs, while back-up hooker Jayden Hodges has overcome a neck injury.
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Manly Sea Eagles hooker Matt Ballin looks set to lose his race against time to be available for his side’s NRL semi-final clash with Canterbury on Saturday.
Ballin suffered a leg fracture during the Sea Eagles’ round 25 win over Penrith, however the no.9 was in for a shock return after running on the injury late last week.
Manly coach Geoff Toovey said on Friday that the injury was still troubling Ballin, and that back-up hooker Jayden Hodges is set to play following a neck injury.
Hodges was taken to hospital for precautionary x-rays after Manly’s qualifying loss to South Sydney last Friday.
“Matt ran a couple of days ago, he pulled up a little sore so he will probably be a long shot, but we are hoping Jayden Hodges will be right to play,” Toovey said.
“One of the two will be playing but Matty Ballin would be a bit of a risk.
“For Jayden it was no dramas, there is no injury there in the sense it is showing up on any scans.
“So he pulled up OK, a bit sore and sorry but he should be fine.”