NSW say they aren’t interested in Cooper Cronk’s latest injury worry.
The Maroons halfback injured his ankle in training on Friday and is under an injury cloud for the State of Origin opener in Sydney on Wednesday.
Cronk is a vital part of the Queensland machine – of the last three Origin games the Maroons have lost he didn’t play in two and broke his arm in the other.
The Melbourne playmaker broke his arm in game one in 2014 and didn’t play in game two, when the Blues finally ended eight seasons of Queensland dominance.
Cronk didn’t play in NSW’s win at the MCG in game two last year either due to injury.
But Blues winger Josh Mansour says his side aren’t paying any heed to injury reports from the Queensland camp.
“If he plays or he doesn’t play it doesn’t change anything for us,” he said from the Blues’ Coffs Harbour base on Saturday.
“We are just focusing on ourselves, we are not focusing on what is going on with them.
“We will just be ready for whoever plays on Wednesday.”
After missing a probable call-up to the Blues last year due to injury, Mansour said he was only focused on his Origin debut next week.
“It is my first time here and I haven’t been thinking into what is happening in Queensland at all, I am just worried about doing my job as part of the team,” he said.
“Next Wednesday whoever turns up we will be ready for them.”