Sydney Roosters could be without star backrower for clash with South Sydney.
Sydney Roosters star Sonny Bill Williams is in doubt for the top-of-the-table NRL clash with the South Sydney Rabbtiohs on Friday night.
A calf injury has cast a cloud over the availability of Williams who could have been a potential game winner for the Roosters if fit.
The game has plenty on the line for both sides with the minor premiership up for grabs to the victor along with a cash injection into the club for finishing on top of the ladder.
However, with the premiership race starting to hot up with the first round of the finals next week and a legitimate shot for the Roosters to win their first premiership since 2002.
“This match is big but it won’t have a huge impact on the season for us,” a source told The Daily Telegraph.
“The Roosters will finish either first or second. The result isn’t vital.
“The new season starts next week and we need Sonny Bill there for the big games.
“It would be foolish to risk him in a round 26 game. If he is in the slightest of doubt, he will pull out.
“There’s no way Trent (Robinson coach) will risk him.”
Williams has been a revelation in his first season back with rugby league and the NRL, with his powerful runs and skill seeing him potentially as the missing piece for the Roosters to break their 11 year title drought.