South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds will see a specialist on Monday afternoon to assess the extent of his most recent jaw injury, but hasn’t ruled out facing the Wests Tigers on Thursday.
There were fears Reynolds had broken his jaw for the second time this NRL season after being felled by a late shot from Brisbane forward Adam Blair on Friday that went on report.
However initial scans proved inconclusive, and a hopeful Reynolds was training with the team on Monday before getting a second opinion from a specialist later in the day.
“We’ve had scans and it just shows what’s been there before,” Reynolds said on Monday.
“We’ve got to sit down with the specialist, see what he thinks.
“It’s pretty hard to tell from the scans if it is old or new. But overall it’s feeling pretty good.”
Reynolds, who missed five games earlier this year after a similar injury in round one, was confident of helping the side arrest their three-game losing streak against the Tigers.
“I’ll train today with the team and prepare as if I’m going to play,” he said.
“I’m pretty confident if I get out there and play, I’ll do my job for the team. I won’t let the jaw worry me at all.
“It’s a waiting game at the moment. We’ll get a sit down and work out where to go from there.”
Blair is likely to be slapped with a heavy suspension by the NRL match review committee, after his shoulder collected Reynolds in the face after a pass midway through the second half.
Reynolds said he wasn’t dirty with the tackle.
“It’s rugby league. Things like that do happen. There’s no grudges. At the end of the day it’s a game and everyone plays to win,” he said.
Another broken jaw would mean another long stint on the sidelines for the 25-year-old, and a second straight year where injury has cruelled his chances of earning a NSW State of Origin debut.
Reynolds said injuries made it tough for him to be consistent.
“But that’s the game we play. We’ve got to find ways to get back out there and get in the best possible shape,” he said.
“For me, it’s about preparing well and hopefully the performances are consistent. If the shot does come, I’d be more than happy to put my hand up.”