Boyd Cordner is set to return to action for the Grand Final qualifier should the Roosters make it that far — so says to the man himself.
Cordner was initially ruled out for between 6-10 weeks following a syndesmosis injury — a high ankle sprain of the ligaments which takes twice as long as normal sprains to recover from and which required surgery in this case. It was expected the surgery could rule him out for the rest of the season as recovery times can be erratic. But according to an interview in The Daily Telegraph:
“I’m off the crutches and I’m out of the boot and I am walking normally,” Cordner said.
“I am going to try to get two weeks of running going into that semi-final. I went to see the surgeon last Wednesday and he said it was looking unreal. He said it was one of the best recoveries that he has seen.
“It’s been three and a half weeks post-op. I am still doing physio but everything is on track for me to get back the semi-final before the GF.
“I was heartbroken when it happened. It really was shattering. At that time I was starting to play my best footy and feel comfortable in the team and to have that setback wasn’t ideal.”
It would be a huge boost for the club as Boyd was in career-best form following his State of Origin debut before suffering the syndesmosis injury in the 65th minute of a win versus the Raiders. Prior to that he’d scored eight tries in seven matches and run for over 100 metres in each match.
He’d perfected hole running and added a lethality to that left-side double decoy attack. If he does return for the grand final qualifier he’d likely come off the bench, but from a depth perspective it’s more than welcome.
Thankfully, the Roosters injury toll which was looking horrid just two weeks ago is starting to get better (touch wood NOW).
26 Rounds has heard that Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will be right to go this weekend after scans came up negative for a serious injury. He ended the Titans game in round 25 on crutches and was not named for Friday’s stirring win over the Roosters in the minor premiership clincher.
Mitchell Aubusson is also expected back after being forced off the field after 20 minutes against the Titans with concussion, while Marty Kennedy returned from an 11-game absence against the Rabbitohs and made 12 runs and 28 tackles.
Luke O’Donnell will also be available for selection this week following a three game suspension for his burger-flip tackle on Tim Simona in round 23, meaning the only player missing from the top team, potentially, will be Boyd Cordner for Saturday’s first final versus the Manly Sea Eagles.