Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen is aiming to make a return from injury in his side’s clash with the Sydney Roosters on Sunday.
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Gallen missed New South Wales’ opening State of Origin series loss to Queensland last week due to his hip injury, and was expected to make a return for the Sharks’ clash with St George Illawarra last weekend.
However, the 33-year-old told 2KY’s Big Sports Breakfast that he pulled up sore during training last week after testing the injury during a scrimmage session.
“I was probably not really close at the end of the day, but I did my best late last week,” Gallen is quoted as saying by AAP.
“I began full training last week and was pretty good early in the week, then came to a scrimmage session on Thursday night.
“Actually got through the scrimmage session okay but that night just pulled up really sore, and the next day pretty sore again. So obviously the contact and the twisting and pulling was affecting me late last week, but we’ll see how we go this week.”
Gallen is now expected to feature for the Sharks against the fifth-placed Roosters in round 13.
If the Test representative can stay fit thoughout his NRL comeback, he is a certainty to once again lead New South Wales in its Origin II clash against Queensland at the MCG on June 17.