Injury worries for Blues ahead of Origin decider
NEW South Wales have a host of injury concerns ahead of Origin III with several players racing the clock to be fit for the decider.
Laurie Daley's bid to become the first coach in 19 years to name the same team in three consecutive Origin matches appears forlorn with Josh Dugan (corked thigh), Tyson Frizell (back), James Tedesco (ankle) and Boyd Cordner (calf) all in doubt for the blockbuster with Queensland on July 12.
Tedesco missed Sunday's clash against Newcastle but has told Daley he'll be ready to play in the decider while Dugan is also expected to be fit.
Frizell however will undergo scans on Monday to determine the full extent of an injury suffered in St George Illawarra's NRL loss to Gold Coast.
"He had an ankle and a rib (injury) going in (to the match),” Dragons coach Paul McGregor said.
"He was able to come back on but he was limping when he was out there for most of the first half anyway so to put him back out there wasn't the right thing to do for his welfare.”
Blues adviser Peter Sterling said Frizell had spoken to Daley after Friday's game and is confident he'll be able to take the field in the decider.
"He text Laurie saying he thinks he'll be OK,” Sterling told Triple M NRL.
Blues shadow player Jack De Belin also picked up a calf issue.
It's the last thing the Blues need with Cordner already in doubt with a calf injury.
Cordner has not played since injuring his leg in Origin II but club medical staff are impressed with his recovery and believe he is on target to lead the Blues.
Cordner is expected to be given until Saturday to prove his fitness from inside Blues camp at Kingscliff.
Daley will announce his Origin III team at 9.30am today at ANZ Stadium.