MANLY captain Jamie Lyon has admitted he feared he had broken his leg in Friday night's NRL semi-final against Cronulla.
Lyon told reporters at yesterday's recovery session at North Narrabeen beach that he feared his season was over after reeling out of a tackle in agony and clutching at his leg.
"I thought it was bad, I thought I'd broken my leg at the start," he said.
"I was probably carrying on a bit out there, but it was good news and it settled down after a little while."
The skipper finished the game but had his leg packed in ice afterwards, as did several teammates including Kieran Foran and Anthony Watmough.
He said it had improved every day since and he hoped to train today after scans confirmed no serious damage.
"They (the scans) were fine, I just had a bit of a bang on it and there was a bit of bruising, but it's a good result and there'll be no doubt this week," Lyon said.
"I'll probably have a normal week, take it easy. It's settling down better each day so I'll be fine."
Lyon isn't the only injury concern for the Sea Eagles.
Watmough has carried a knee injury for several weeks, but insisted he would play against the Rabbitohs, while fullback Brett Stewart will need to pass a fitness test later in the week to make his return from a hamstring strain.
Lyon acknowledged Stewart, who hasn't played since round 25, was no certainty to play on Friday night.
"Brett's probably the biggest (injury concern) there," Lyon said. "He's obviously got to get through a few fitness tests and a few team sessions.
"Hopefully he's right, he's a big part of our team and he adds another dimension."
Meanwhile South Sydney veteran Roy Asotasi has played down suggestions Manly could target fellow prop Jeff Lima in the prelim final.
Lima was suspended for one game after the round 23 clash between the teams for a leg twist on Watmough which forced the Manly back-rower to miss the following two games.
Asotasi, heading to England to play for Warrington next season, said he doubted Manly players would try any form of retribution.
"Jeff won't be changing the way he plays," Asotasi said before a training session at Clovelly Beach.
"He had a great game against Melbourne last game and that's all we expect from him, to go out there and do what he needs to do.
"I don't think he is a dirty player."
After bowing out in the prelim finals last year, the former Kiwi international said the Rabbitohs were acutely aware the season could be over on Friday night.
"Last year we fell short of the grand final, that's why we're not getting too far ahead (of ourselves)," he said.
"All it takes is 80 minutes and it could be all over."