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Saturday, 22 September 2018

'He'll be a passenger': Cronk uncertain for GF


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NRL legend Andrew Johns says if Cooper Cronk plays in next week’s grand final he’ll be a mere “passenger” after battling through an excruciating shoulder injury in Saturday night’s preliminary final win over the Rabbitohs.

Cronk injured his shoulder when Adam Reynolds rushed the star on an attempted field goal at the stroke of half-time.

But the bulk of the damage looked to be done in the second-half as the half courageously endured hit-after-hit to see his side to a 12-4 win at Allianz Stadium.

Johns believed the “agonising” ordeal casts doubt over Cronk’s fitness ahead of the grand final as the club holds their breath for the impending diagnosis.

“The shoulder doesn’t look that good,” Johns said.

“He’ll obviously play but he’s a passenger.

“The whole second half he courageously put his body in front, amazing courage to play on. But really, in attack he wasn’t part of it, it was all Keary.

“I couldn’t imagine the pain he was in.”

Johns suggested coach Trent Robinson had to ask himself the difficult question over the consequences of playing or omitting the star from next Sunday’s fixture against the Melbourne Storm who themselves may find themselves without talisman Billy Slater after being cited for a shoulder charge.

“Does a hard decision have to be taken, do you have to take the decision away from the player and the coach makes the decision?”

“He looks in agony”.

However, NRL great Peter Sterling and NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler were far more optimistic over the star’s recovery.

NRL Highlights: Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs - Preliminary Final

“We spoke about earlier, about how quick players recover with all our education now and technology,” Fittler said.

“He’ll do everything possible to get himself right.”

That sentiment was echoed by Sterling.

“I think the very fact he stayed out there for the second half is a good sign he’ll be there for next week.”

The Sydney Roosters will face the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium next Sunday at 7:20pm.

NRL legend Andrew Johns says if Cooper Cronk plays in next week’s grand final he’ll be a mere “passenger” after battling through an excruciating shoulder injury in Saturday night’s preliminary final win over the Rabbitohs.

Cronk injured his shoulder when Adam Reynolds rushed the star on an attempted field goal at the stroke of half-time.

But the bulk of the damage looked to be done in the second-half as the half courageously endured hit-after-hit to see his side to a 12-4 win at Allianz Stadium.

Johns believed the “agonising” ordeal casts doubt over Cronk’s fitness ahead of the grand final as the club holds their breath for the impending diagnosis.

“The shoulder doesn’t look that good,” Johns said.

“He’ll obviously play but he’s a passenger.

“The whole second half he courageously put his body in front, amazing courage to play on. But really, in attack he wasn’t part of it, it was all Keary.

“I couldn’t imagine the pain he was in.”

Johns suggested coach Trent Robinson had to ask himself the difficult question over the consequences of playing or omitting the star from next Sunday’s fixture against the Melbourne Storm who themselves may find themselves without talisman Billy Slater after being cited for a shoulder charge.

“Does a hard decision have to be taken, do you have to take the decision away from the player and the coach makes the decision?”

“He looks in agony”.

However, NRL great Peter Sterling and NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler were far more optimistic over the star’s recovery.

NRL Highlights: Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs - Preliminary Final

“We spoke about earlier, about how quick players recover with all our education now and technology,” Fittler said.

“He’ll do everything possible to get himself right.”

That sentiment was echoed by Sterling.

“I think the very fact he stayed out there for the second half is a good sign he’ll be there for next week.”

The Sydney Roosters will face the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium next Sunday at 7:20pm.

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