Guerra, Ferguson fit for Sydney Roosters

Queensland forward Aidan Guerra has been cleared of a serious knee injury and will line up for the Sydney Roosters against Cronulla on Monday.

Guerra suffered the injury late in State of Origin III on Wednesday but he will be free to play in the final game of the NRL’s 19th round at Allianz Stadium.

The Roosters’ other Origin representative, NSW winger Blake Ferguson, will take his place for the Tricolours, coach Trent Robinson confirmed on Sunday.

“Aidan should be pretty good, it was a knee clash at the end it wasn’t ligament or muscle related, he will be right to play,” Robinson said.

Ferguson and Guerra were not named on the Roosters’ team list on Tuesday, Joseph Manu will make way on the wing for Ferguson, while Issac Liu will likely fall out of the 17 for Guerra.

Robinson has opted for another halves combination with Ryan Matterson to partner Mitchell Pearce at the scrumbase after Jackson Hastings was axed.

“It is just selection choices based on form,” Robinson said.

“We needed a slightly different combination there, we want someone who will attack the line, we want to be a bit more aggressive in that area, so we decided to change that up.

“He (Hastings) is like everybody else, there will be a couple of other guys who would want to be in there as well, just based on form he is not selected.”

Sharks forward Andrew Fifita will miss the clash due to suspension, as the visitors chase 14 successive wins.

Robinson said he expected the Sharks’ other Blues representatives in James Maloney, Jack Bird, Wade Graham and Paul Gallen to play due to the five-day turnaround.

Two seasons ago with the roles reversed, the Roosters up the top of the NRL ladder and the Sharks at the bottom, Cronulla produced the upset of the season in defeating the Tricolours.

However Robinson said that match had not been used as motivation in the lead-up to Monday.

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