NSW captain should be right to play in the first State of Origin.
New South Wales captain Paul Gallen was Monday cleared of a serious knee injury a month out from the State of Origin rugby league opener against Queensland, his Cronulla club said on Monday.
Gallen sent a scare through the NSW camp when he left the field after only three minutes into the Cronulla Sharks’ 21-20 National Rugby League victory over Newcastle on Sunday.
But scans have cleared the 31-year-old forward, revealing he suffered a medial ligament strain in his right knee rather than a tear, which would have sidelined him for up to six weeks.
“With the short turnaround, Gallen is unlikely to be fit to play the Tigers on Friday night and, while no timeframe has yet been given for a return to the field, he is not expected to be sidelined for an extended period,” the Sharks said in a statement.
The opening Origin game takes place in Sydney on June 5.