Paul Gallen says he’s confident of playing in Origin III despite suffering rib cartilage damage during New South Wales’ 26-18 win over Queensland at the MCG on Wednesday.
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Gallen was forced to head up the tunnel early on in the game to receive a pain-killing injection and underwent scans on Thursday night.
He will be assessed by Cronulla Sharks doctors on Friday and will certainly miss his NRL side’s clash with the Newcastle Knights on Sunday.
However, Gallen told Channel Nine’s The Footy Show that he was hopeful of missing one-to-two weeks and would be fit for the Origin decider in Brisbane.
“I’m not too bad, it’s obviously a little bit sore, it’s 24 hours after the injury but I think all in all it’s not going to be a real bad one,” Gallen is quoted as saying by AAP.
“I’m pretty sure maybe a week or two. I’m going for scans straight after this.
“But where I am now compared to where I was this morning, I’m a lot better.”
If fit, Gallen will lead the Blues in the series-deciding Origin III clash at Suncorp Stadium on July 8.
In other Origin news, Maroons star Billy Slater will miss the Brisbane clash and the remainder of the 2015 NRL season as he prepares to undergo shoulder surgery.