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Inglis will play say Storm

Greg Inglis remains a 50/50 proposition to be fit to face his former club Melbourne on Friday night at AAMI Park but the coach Craig Bellamy is preparing his side to expect the superstar fullback's NRL return.
Inglis will play say Storm
by AAP

By Melissa Woods

MELBOURNE, Aug 8 AAP - Greg Inglis remains a 50/50 proposition to be fit to face his former club Melbourne on Friday night at AAMI Park but the coach Craig Bellamy is preparing his side to expect the superstar fullback's NRL return.

Souths have lost two of the three games Inglis has been absent since injuring his knee in the State of Origin decider but he ran freely at training at Redfern Oval on Thursday.

The Rabbitohs remain tight-lipped about whether Inglis would face his former teammates but Bellamy said they were preparing for his presence.

"I spoke to GI (Inglis) a couple of weeks ago and he said it was going along better than expected so we're certainly expecting him to play," Bellamy said.

"Part of our training has been around Greg, which you have to do for a player of his ability.

"There will be no surprises for us if he plays."

The Storm are still to make a decision on in-form centre Maurice Blair, who escaped a serious neck injury after landing awkwardly in a tackle.

Bellamy said Blair was still sore despite not suffering any major damage.

Luke Keary will make his first NRL start after being named Souths five-eighth following an ankle injury to John Sutton, with Bellamy impressed by the 21-year-old.

"I've watched him over the last few years in the under-20s and he's been coming off the bench in the last few games and he's a very talented player.

"He's got a really good running game, he shows the ball a fair bit and he's got really good pace so hopefully we can defend well enough to control him tomorrow night."

Bellamy wasn't entirely convinced Keary would start and thought his opponents might lead with Dylan Farrell at No.6.

Playmaker John Sutton is one Rabbitoh who is certain to miss the clash due to an ankle injury.

And Bellamy has challenged his players to back up their stunning win over Canberra against Souths.

Melbourne flexed their premiership muscle in the 68-4 win while Souths have hit a flat spot. "Last week was a real reward for the players for being consistent for 80 minutes and starting the game well and we need to back that up this week," Bellamy said.

"We don't want to go into week on, week off so I expect the players' effort and attitude that was on display in Canberra to be on again display again."




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