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Sunday, 23 September 2018

'I don't think he can play'


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NRL legend Peter Sterling believes the severity of Cooper Cronk's shoulder injury is most likely to keep him from playing for the Sydney Roosters in the 2018 NRL grand final against the Melbourne Storm.

Cronk helped guide the Roosters to the NRL decider in his first year wearing the tri-colours, but due to the rotator cuff injury he sustained in win over South Sydney, Sterling says there is a massive chance Cronk won't get to face off against his own team next weekend.

"I don't know the extent of the injury, but when they describe it as 'severe', when you're talking about rotator cuff injuries, that means there's a tear," Sterling said.

"If he's torn his rotator cuff then no I don't think he can play."

Cronk a 'long shot' for NRL grand final

The former Parramatta Eels halfback had three operations on his shoulder, and the reoccurring injury eventually led to his retirement in 1992. He suspects an operation is awaiting Cronk too.

"I'm not saying Cooper Cronk will get surgery at the moment, but if there's a tear there, we are talking about that at some stage," Sterling said.

"If it's a different kind of rotator cuff injury apart from a tear, then I think it's possible he plays.

"But if there's a tear, then the function is taken away from you. You can't get your arm up there and as a halfback that's restrictive with your passing, with your kicking, with so much of your game. 

"He's such a key member but Trent Robinson has to make a decision - getting him out there with a fairly low percentage of fitness, is that better than someone else come in, just for his voice to be there?"

Cronk arrives in sling at training

Even Cronk admitted to media on Monday - while wearing a sling - that he is a "long shot" to play in Sunday's NRL grand final.

"I'm a long shot. That's not lying," he said.

"I could move it. The best thing is just to immobilise it so I can get some recovery done, try and strengthen it up so the muscles don't get worked over too much.

"The whole idea for the sling is to keep it in place, so it's protected, and do everything I can."

Sterling highly rated utility Ryan Matterson as a likely option to take Cronk's place, should he miss the grand final.

NRL legend Peter Sterling believes the severity of Cooper Cronk's shoulder injury is most likely to keep him from playing for the Sydney Roosters in the 2018 NRL grand final against the Melbourne Storm.

Cronk helped guide the Roosters to the NRL decider in his first year wearing the tri-colours, but due to the rotator cuff injury he sustained in win over South Sydney, Sterling says there is a massive chance Cronk won't get to face off against his own team next weekend.

"I don't know the extent of the injury, but when they describe it as 'severe', when you're talking about rotator cuff injuries, that means there's a tear," Sterling said.

"If he's torn his rotator cuff then no I don't think he can play."

Cronk a 'long shot' for NRL grand final

The former Parramatta Eels halfback had three operations on his shoulder, and the reoccurring injury eventually led to his retirement in 1992. He suspects an operation is awaiting Cronk too.

"I'm not saying Cooper Cronk will get surgery at the moment, but if there's a tear there, we are talking about that at some stage," Sterling said.

"If it's a different kind of rotator cuff injury apart from a tear, then I think it's possible he plays.

"But if there's a tear, then the function is taken away from you. You can't get your arm up there and as a halfback that's restrictive with your passing, with your kicking, with so much of your game. 

"He's such a key member but Trent Robinson has to make a decision - getting him out there with a fairly low percentage of fitness, is that better than someone else come in, just for his voice to be there?"

Cronk arrives in sling at training

Even Cronk admitted to media on Monday - while wearing a sling - that he is a "long shot" to play in Sunday's NRL grand final.

"I'm a long shot. That's not lying," he said.

"I could move it. The best thing is just to immobilise it so I can get some recovery done, try and strengthen it up so the muscles don't get worked over too much.

"The whole idea for the sling is to keep it in place, so it's protected, and do everything I can."

Sterling highly rated utility Ryan Matterson as a likely option to take Cronk's place, should he miss the grand final.

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