The rumour mill ran hot last week that Roosters second rower Boyd Cordner was set to make a return from a high ankle injury for this week’s grand final qualifier against the Newcastle Knights.
A good friend of 26 Rounds — a source if you will — said the second rower was running freely and was poised to make a return. And in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald today:
Injured Sydney Roosters back-rower Boyd Cordner is on the verge of a shock return from a serious ankle injury before the side’s preliminary final against Newcastle on Saturday night.
Cordner hasn’t played since suffering a high-ankle sprain in the round 22 clash against Canberra.
Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello was hopeful Cordner would make his comeback a game before the grand final.
”I think he is looking OK,” Minichiello said.
”I think he has had a run and seems OK. We don’t know what the medical staff are looking at. We’re hoping he can play.”
The Roosters’dangerous left-side attack has looked a tad stagnant since Boyd went down in the 65th minute against the Raiders in round 22.
The initial diagnosis was expected to make Cordner will be unavailable for 6-10 weeks. If he is named this afternoon, Cordner will have returned on the lower end of that diagnosis.
And while he will be a little rusty, he is sorely needed against a hot Knights squad that many are tipping could cause an upset.
He had scored eight tries in seven games before his injury, including a 30 metre breakaway against the Knights in round 20.
He’d formed a deadly combination on the double decoy play the Roosters deploy with Mitchell Pearce on the left, and had run for over 100 metres in seven straight games.
He was in purple-hot form after playing his first origin game and his return would mean the Roosters are back to full strength for the first time since a run of injuries beginning with Marty Kennedy’s knee injury against the Bulldogs in Round 16.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves also returns from a one-match suspension, just in time to help against the monster Knights pack.