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Injury to Sharks forward Paul Gallen sends scare through NSW Blues
The bad news is Gallen needs a miracle to make it after adding to a knee injury against Newcastle yesterday that has cast a shadow over his fitness in the leadup to the opening game of the State of Origin series on June 5.
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"(It's) not too bad," Gallen said. "I don't really know what's wrong yet. I got bent back the wrong way, something happened and I will wait to see the scans. It all happened so fast.
"It's not too sore, to be honest. It's different to last year. It's a different feeling. They think it is my medial rather than my posterior cruciate (ligament).
"If you want to do any of them, I guess that is it."
Asked whether he was worried he could be in doubt for Origin I, Gallen referred to the rapid return from injury of Gold Coast halfback Albert Kelly earlier this year.
"Albert Kelly thought he was going to be out a month last month and he played two weeks later," Gallen said.
"I'll see how I wake up tomorrow, get a scan tomorrow afternoon and probably know by Tuesday how it is. I have no idea at the moment what is wrong."
Gallen was in doubt for Origin I last year with an injury to the same knee, but eventually took his place before the Blues lost a seventh straight series. His latest injury setback presents Daley with all manner of headaches as he attempts to end Queensland's sevenyear stranglehold on the Origin shield.
Gallen's absence would strip the Blues of not only the best forward in the world, but also their most inspirational player. It would also force Daley to find a new captain. Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah is the likely replacement, although former captain Kurt Gidley could also be considered.
Gidley was among the Knights' best in their golden point loss to the Sharks yesterday. That all hinges on whether Gallen will be fit enough to play in Sydney in four weeks. Daley is likely to name him regardless and give him every chance to prove his fitness. "He will definitely be there and then we will decide depending on the medical and things like that," said Daley, who contacted Gallen via text last night.
"Given his recuperative powers we will see how we go. We will give him every chance."
It may not come to that. The Sharks play three times before the Origin sides are selected and coach Shane Flanagan said he would be surprised if his captain wasn't ready to play at some point over that period.
"It's a bit early but we think it's just a medial strain," Flanagan said.
"We have a short turnaround so I wouldn't think he will be right for next Friday night. But it's Gal, so you never know. Gal is in there at the moment making phone calls to see if he can get ready for next Friday night.
"That's Gal's attitude. He will be getting in hyperbaric chambers, he'll be swinging off trees to get ready. Origin is not a problem for Gal."
The Sharks overcame the early loss of their skipper yesterday to produce a courageous win in golden point extra time. After the sides were locked at 20all at the end of regulation time, halfback Jeff Robson kicked the field goal that secured the embattled Sharks their third win of 2013.
While Daley would have been devastated to watch his captain limp off, he would have been delighted with the form of fiveeighth Todd Carney, backrower Luke Lewis and forward Andrew Fifita. Lewis is certain to be named in the Blues squad for Origin I while Carney is attempting to fend off the challenge of Sydney Roosters No 6 James Maloney. Fifita pressed his claims with an outstanding display.
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