Injured Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah is battling to return to action against NRL leaders Brisbane on Sunday against the urging of club medical staff.
After failing to return from surgery to fix a broken hand in NSW’s State of Origin III loss last week, Farah has been told by Tigers medical staff to have another week off.
He returned to Tigers training on Monday and said it was touch and go whether he would be able to play for his struggling team against the rampant Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.
“It’ll be touch and go,” Farah said.
“I think our physio has already told me not to even try to convince him to play.
“I think they want to make sure I’m 100 per cent before I get back.
“I’m still battling a shoulder injury as well.
“I’ll see how I go through the week and if I’m a chance I’ll keep nagging him to change his mind.”
Farah underwent surgery after fracturing his hand in the Tigers’ loss to Penrith last month. He is also dealing with the lingering effects of a shoulder joint injury suffered at the hands of Brisbane and Queensland centre Justin Hodges in Origin I.
Farah was named in the NSW team for Origin III and was not officially ruled out until an hour before the game, with Cronulla’s Michael Ennis taking his spot.
Farah was delayed in joining the team in Coffs Harbour after he was denied permission to fly by the airline just 24 hours after undergoing surgery and having a general anaesthetic.
He revealed he and Blues coach Laurie Daley had ruled him out a week earlier but kept it a secret so as not to be a distraction to his team heading into a decider.
“For the preparation of the team, we came up with the call pretty early,” Farah said.
“Obviously it played out a bit different in the media.
“I didn’t want to affect the boys’ preparation with the speculation about whether I was going to play or I wasn’t.
“After the debacle that happened at the airport and things like that it was becoming a distraction for the boys.
“On the Thursday Laurie and I spoke and I spoke to the boys and told them I wasn’t going to play.”
The Tigers sit at the bottom of the ladder and Farah said he was desperate to get back on the park and help lift them from the wooden spoon spot.
“No one likes sitting equal last,” he said.
“We’ve still got one eye on the semis, as improbable as it may be, we’re still a chance.
“But on the other end of the scale no one wants to win a wooden spoon either.
“Where we’re sitting is not nice and I’d like to get out there as quick as I can to try and help us climb the ladder.”