Key player for Manly set to sit out a blockbuster clash it the NRL.
Manly playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans is racing the clock to prove his fitness ahead of his side’s clash against the Canterbury Bulldogs on Friday night.
Cherry-Evans has been a noticeable commission from the Sea Eagles backline since State of Origin I, where he injured his knee late in the game.
Not only is he fighting to prove his fitness for his club, but the classy halfback could also miss out on the Maroons side to ply in Sydney in Origin II.
Cherry-Evans spent much more time on the field in the first Origin game of the year, after Melbourne Storm and Maroons halfback Cooper Cronk left the field in the first half with a broken arm.
Jack Littlejohn is the likely replacement. Anthony Watmough (bicep) and Kieran Foran (knee) will play against Canterbury, who will be unchanged.
The Bulldogs sit in first place on the NRL ladder, while the Sea Eagles are hovering just off the pace in third.
If Cherry-Evans is able to pass a fitness test on Friday, his presence will be a huge boost to Manly who looked directionless last weekend with out of the side, as they lost by 26 points to the Brisbane Broncos.