Robbie Farah only trained with NSW in a limited capacity on Sunday in a sign his chances of playing in the State of Origin decider could be fading.
Farah has surprised Blues medical staff with his rapid recovery from hand surgery on Tuesday but, three days out from Origin III, he is still unable to train fully with the side.
Back-up Blues rake Michael Ennis filled in at dummy half for Farah on Sunday in the Blues’ final major hit-out ahead of the Wednesday’s Origin III.
Farah went through a number of passing drills with Blues coach Laurie Daley and appeared unaffected by the injury at the beginning of the session in warm sunshine.
But when the Wests Tigers skipper was required to do a push-up as part of a team bonding session, he declined – a sure sign the fractured fourth metacarpal on his right hand remains a problem.
The Blues went through their second contact session of the camp, including an oppose session against a team composed of player from local side Coffs Harbour Comets and squad players including James Roberts, Joey Lussick, Will Smith and Sione Mata’utia.
NSW board a charter flight to Brisbane on Sunday afternoon.
They have a day off on Monday ahead of their final training session before Origin III, the captain’s run at Suncorp Stadium on Tuesday.
South Sydney’s Alex Johnson and Newcastle’s Tariq Sims are the Blues emergency reserves for game three, a match the Blues insist Farah remains a chance of playing in.
“Robbie is a tough customer and a really good healer I thought he would have been no chance to play in game two, but he turned up and played and we are certainly giving him every chance to play on Wednesday night,” Blues centre Josh Morris said.