New South Wales’ preparation for Wednesday’s must-win State of Origin clash in Brisbane is in more disarray with Josh Morris picking up a leg injury.
On the same day late call-up Tyson Frizell was rushed into camp in Coffs Harbour for suspended Wade Graham, Morris is understood to have broken down in a closed field session on Thursday.
The Blues enjoyed a day off on Friday but will re-unite on Saturday and test Morris’ fitness.
“I will see Josh and we will then have a better indication,” coach Laurie Daley told News Corp.
“We’ll see how he’s travelling. If he’s no good he’ll be ruled out but if he looks like he’s going to be all right, we’ll give him time. I am pretty confident he will be all right.”
Daley said the medical staff would give the Canterbury centre every chance to play.
“He seems to be okay at the moment but we’ll just see how he goes,” he said.
“We will see how he pulls up. I spoke to Josh (on Friday morning) and he seems to be all right but we will still have to wait and see.”
If Morris is ruled out, development player Jack Bird is likely to be thrust into the Origin cauldron to make his Origin debut, while Canberra tyro Joseph Leilua could be brought in from outside the squad.
Morris’ injury is just the latest setback in a disrupted camp for the Blues.
Not only were they forced to wait on the NRL judiciary’s verdict on Wade Graham’s careless high tackle midweek, skipper Paul Gallen is also yet to train due to a minor ankle issue.
The Blues have two more sessions in Coffs Harbour before shifting base to Brisbane on Sunday.