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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Cronk: Grand Final a 'long shot'


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Sydney Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk concedes he’s a “long shot” to play in Sunday’s grand final against his former club Melbourne as he battles a shoulder injury.

Cronk fronted the media with his left arm in a sling, acknowledging he has plenty of work to do to take the field at ANZ Stadium.

The star halfback suffered the injury in Saturday’s preliminary final victory over South Sydney, with speculation that he’s torn his rotator cuff, although Cronk refused to confirm exact details of the damage.

The 34-year-old admits it will be a tough road ahead in the days leading up to the grand final.

“I’m not superhuman or anything like that, but the pain I’ll be able to deal with. It’s just whether I can functionally move it,” Cronk said.

“If someone says ice your shoulder five times a day, well I’ll go and do it 10 times.

“If they say get treatment two times, I’ll do it another five times.

“It’s just how much you’re really wanting to do it.

“At some stage God or science will say no, but until then I’m going to do everything I possibly can.

“Today is not about throwing my arm out of the sling and starting to tackle or throw passes or kick the footy.

Cronk a 'long shot' for NRL grand final

“I need to let it rest, I need to let it recover, see the specialist, then in a few days time see where it’s at.

“It’s a long shot, and I’m not lying to you. There’s an injury there, there’s no doubt about that.

“Am I 100% going to be playing? No. Am I zero chance of playing? No. It’s somewhere in amongst that and I can’t give you a number. One thing I can guarantee you is I’ll do everything possible to be right on Sunday.”

Cronk agreed his replacement would need time to prepare in the event he can’t take his place in the line-up, but acknowledged he’d leave it until the last moment before ruling himself out.

“Considering the magnitude of the game, I might be giving it up until kick-off I think,” Cronk said.

Sydney Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk concedes he’s a “long shot” to play in Sunday’s grand final against his former club Melbourne as he battles a shoulder injury.

Cronk fronted the media with his left arm in a sling, acknowledging he has plenty of work to do to take the field at ANZ Stadium.

The star halfback suffered the injury in Saturday’s preliminary final victory over South Sydney, with speculation that he’s torn his rotator cuff, although Cronk refused to confirm exact details of the damage.

The 34-year-old admits it will be a tough road ahead in the days leading up to the grand final.

“I’m not superhuman or anything like that, but the pain I’ll be able to deal with. It’s just whether I can functionally move it,” Cronk said.

“If someone says ice your shoulder five times a day, well I’ll go and do it 10 times.

“If they say get treatment two times, I’ll do it another five times.

“It’s just how much you’re really wanting to do it.

“At some stage God or science will say no, but until then I’m going to do everything I possibly can.

“Today is not about throwing my arm out of the sling and starting to tackle or throw passes or kick the footy.

Cronk a 'long shot' for NRL grand final

“I need to let it rest, I need to let it recover, see the specialist, then in a few days time see where it’s at.

“It’s a long shot, and I’m not lying to you. There’s an injury there, there’s no doubt about that.

“Am I 100% going to be playing? No. Am I zero chance of playing? No. It’s somewhere in amongst that and I can’t give you a number. One thing I can guarantee you is I’ll do everything possible to be right on Sunday.”

Cronk agreed his replacement would need time to prepare in the event he can’t take his place in the line-up, but acknowledged he’d leave it until the last moment before ruling himself out.

“Considering the magnitude of the game, I might be giving it up until kick-off I think,” Cronk said.

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