Brisbane Broncos star Darius Boyd will make his long-awaited return from injury against the Penrith Panthers on Friday.
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The NRL club broke the news on Thursday morning, saying Boyd will play fullback in round nine after training three times this week.
Broncos coach Wayne Bennett confirmed Boyd would make his return at Suncorp Stadium against the eighth-placed Panthers.
“Yes he is playing,” Bennett told the club’s website.
“It has been very much subject to how he has trained and he has got through training again today without a hiccup again.
“The doctor said it was a matter of playing when he felt right, and that’s where we are.”
Boyd missed the opening stages of the 2015 season after suffering an Achilles injury during pre-season training in late 2014.
The 27-year-old Queensland representative ruptured his Achilles and was initially ruled out for up to seven months after undergoing surgery.
Boyd rejoined the Broncos in the off-season after following coach Wayne Bennett to St George Illawarra and Newcastle.
Bennett brought in Boyd as a replacement for Ryan Hoffman and Ben Barba, who both left the club upon the veteran coach’s return.