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Blues sweating on Gallen scans

NSW skipper Paul Gallen described the moonboot and crutches as "a bit of overkill" but a whole state will be on tenterhooks waiting to find out whether the Blues' inspirational leader will be fit for Origin III.
Blues sweating on Gallen scans
by AAP

By Steve Jancetic

SYDNEY, June 27 AAP - NSW skipper Paul Gallen described the moonboot and crutches as "a bit of overkill" but a whole state will be on tenterhooks waiting to find out whether the Blues' inspirational leader will be fit for Origin III.

Gallen looked worse for wear as he limped into Sydney Airport on Thursday, his parlous condition symbolic of NSW's series hopes following Queensland's 26-6 game two win.

He will have scans either Thursday or Friday on a condition believed to be plantar fasciitis - an injury to the tendon in his left foot for which the best cure is rest.

With James Maloney also nursing a fractured cheekbone and halves partner Mitchell Pearce several stitches in a facial cut from a stray Billy Slater that went unpunished by the judiciary, the Blues looked a battered lot as they headed home.

But all eyes will be on Gallen, who has been NSW's most consistent player through the toughest stretch in the state's Origin history.

"I'm probably going to be out for a couple of weeks," he said.

"It's pretty sore at the moment but give it three or four days.

"All the crutches and the boot is a bit of overkill at the moment just to try and give it a rest."

Asked about making it onto the field for game three, Gallen said:

"That's obviously the goal.

"They've already ruled me out for two weeks, that's (Origin III) three weeks away so we'll see how I go."

Sydney Roosters playmaker Maloney is hopeful of missing just Monday night's game against Manly, admitting to some surprise as he initially thought he'd received a poke in the eye.

"The doc said there's definitely got to be something (a fracture) there, but it's not displaced," Maloney said.

"It's almost definite that it'll be a small crack and seven to ten days and it's healed."


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