Sharks skipper continues to battle neck injury sustained in Origin I.
Cronulla Sharks skipper Paul Gallen is giving himself an outside chance of playing this weekend as his side looks to lock horns with the St George Illawarra Dragons.
“If I’m right to play, I’ll play,” Gallen said.
“I had the injection last Friday and the specialist told me seven days (with) zero contact, which will be this Friday night, and we play on Saturday.
“So it will be touch and go. But if I’m right, I’ll play.”
if Gallen is able to take the field then it would be a massive boost for the Sharks who have lost their last three games ad sit at the bottom of the NRL ladder.
Gallen hurt his neck in State of Origin I when he was hit hard from behind by Josh Papalii.
In other Sharks’ injury news this weekend, Andrew Fifita (ankle) is pushing for a return to action, but is still rated an outside chance to take on the Dragons.
Of the 18 players selected, David Fifita (ankle) is the only doubt, although he is expected to play.
For St George Illawarra, Mitch Rein (suspension) is out for the Dragons and no official decision has been made on a replacement, with last week’s debutant Shane Pumipi and young gun Craig Garvey candidates to come into the 17, although utility Kyle Stanley (hamstring) is out injured.
Josh Dugan is expected to stay at centre, having trained there all week despite his first game experiment by interim Dragons coach Paul McGegor not working out last weekend.