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Cautious Carney ready for the Cowboys

With bitter memories from last year fresh in his mind, Todd Carney is optimistic that his troublesome hamstring will get through Cronulla's NRL elimination final clash with North Queensland on Saturday.
Cautious Carney ready for the Cowboys
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, Sept 11 AAP - With bitter memories from last year fresh in his mind, Todd Carney is optimistic that his troublesome hamstring will get through Cronulla's NRL elimination final clash with North Queensland on Saturday.

The playmaker sat out the Sharks' last two games after tearing his hamstring and he won't complete a full training session until Friday.

But he says he's just taking every precaution to ensure he can play untroubled.

"As long as I can do Friday's session ... it has been a long season and I know what I can do out there so, as long as my body is right, I will be fine," said Carney on Wednesday.

"I have kept on top of my fitness and I look at it as a blessing in disguise as it has given me a bit of a rest."

Last year, Cronulla exited the finals in an opening weekend elimination final and it was a particularly painful experience for Carney who tore his Achilles tendon as the Sharks were well beaten by his former team Canberra.

Former Sharks physio David Givney said after that game the tendon had been a "ticking time bomb" and could have torn at any time and Carney said that experience taught him not to take risks with injury.

"It burns me not finishing that game. It was sort of a `what if?' situation," he said.

"You are thinking `how could we have gone had I not torn my Achilles?'

"I was talking about it to my mum the other day and she said that I always seemed to be busted at this time of year.

"I've said to myself if I'm not 100 per cent I won't go into the game like I did last year.

"I wouldn't say I let the team down but we didn't have a back up for me on the bench and that hurt us."

Carney admitted, having never torn a hamstring before, he was unsure at first how long his recovery would take.

However, the 26-year-old said he would not play in a cautious manner.

"I wouldn't be playing if it worried me," he said.

"I have done everything the physio has asked me to do to make sure it's right. "I could train today if I wanted to but I won't get anything out of it.

"I don't want to push it because I don't want to pull up sore tomorrow.

"I haven't run for two weeks and don't want to have sore legs going into Saturday."




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