Queensland star jogs at training ahead of their must-win clash in Sydney.
Hopes of Daly Cherry-Evans starting the second State of Origin game have taken a significant boost after the classy playmaker was seen jogging at training on Thursday.
The Maroons have a number of stars battling to prove their fitness in time for the clash, which could see them hand over the Origin shield for the first time in eight years if they lose to New South Wales.
Cherry-Evans is a concern to Queensland coach Mal Meninga, but also high on that list is Greg Inglis (ankle) and Billy Slater (shoulder).
Due to the injuries from the bruising opener to the Origin series and subsequent ones picked up as players returned to club duty, Meninga named an unprecedented 22-man squad as cover.
Inglis, who has been wearing a moon boot when required, failed to train on Thursday while Slater completed basic warm-up exercises.
Cherry-Evans though appears to be the closest to being given the green light to play, but he will still need to pass fitness and contact tests over the weekend.
To cover for injuries, the Maroons ran Ben Hunt at halfback, Darius Boyd at fullback while Willie Tonga and Will Chambers were the left centre and wing.