Thaiday rejects Scott Origin fitness fears

Queensland back-rower Sam Thaiday has dismissed fears for Matt Scott despite the prop being rested with a knee infection ahead of State of Origin II.

It was initially believed Scott did not take part in Friday’s training session in Melbourne due to an ongoing back complaint.

However, it emerged a cut on Scott’s knee had become infected, ensuring the key forward remained sidelined.

But Thaiday said Scott would play Origin II on Wednesday night at the MCG.

“He should be fine. The doctor was a bit concerned because he had a bit of fluid on his knee from a tag mark from the first game,” said Thaiday on Queensland’s day off on Saturday.

“He just rested up and will again today which will only be good for his knee and his back as well.

“He will be right to train tomorrow afternoon.”

Thaiday admitted Scott would need to fire to inspire the Maroons against a Blues pack bolstered by the injection of the inspirational Paul Gallen.

“And he always does,” Thaiday said of Scott.

“Personally, he probably thought the start of his year was not overly crash hot (for NRL club North Queensland).

“But once he got warmed up and the season got rolling, he has really stepped up his game.

“These big games, it’s the forwards battle that will win the game.

“Having Gallen back will bolster their pack. We will need to be even better in game two.”

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