Gregs OK for Origin III

Greg Bird
Greg Bird Trevor Veale

ORIGIN coaches Mal Meninga and Ricky Stuart have breathed a sigh of relief after star players Greg Inglis and Greg Bird were cleared of serious injuries after the weekend's round of matches.

Inglis hurt his elbow in South Sydney's match against the Eels on Saturday night, but Rabbitohs and Queensland trainer Troy Thompson said yesterday the scans had shown no major damage.

"Greg strained the medial ligament in his elbow ... got a little hyper-extension injury," Thompson said. "With a bit of strapping and some rehab this week he'll be good to go against the Broncos (on Friday night)."

With star Maroons full-back Billy Slater likely to miss Origin III on July 4 due to a knee injury, Meninga will have to decide whether to move Inglis to full-back and find a new centre, or leave him where he is and find a replacement for Slater.

Meanwhile man-of-the-match for NSW in Origin II, Greg Bird, will miss the Titans' match against the Dragons on Friday night after scans yesterday showed a low-grade tear in his pectoral muscle.

The Titans have the bye the following week so Bird would not play again before Origin III.

Topics:  greg bird, greg inglis, state of origin




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