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Parker added to long Maroon injury list

Queensland backrower Corey Parker says he contemplated playing in next week's must-win State of Origin game two clash in Sydney even if it meant risking permanent eye damage.
Parker added to long Maroon injury list
by AAP

By Laine Clark

GOLD COAST, Qld June 11 AAP - Queensland backrower Corey Parker says he contemplated playing in next week's must-win State of Origin game two clash in Sydney even if it meant risking permanent eye damage.

Instead, Parker begrudgingly agreed with coach Mal Meninga's call that he pull out of Origin II and add to the Maroons' already long injury list.

Gold Coast Titans' David Taylor was injected into the Maroons squad on Wednesday after Parker was cut along with Canberra Josh Papalii (ankle).

There are also major concerns for Greg Inglis (ankle), Billy Slater (shoulder) and Daly Cherry-Evans (knee).

Scans on Wednesday morning confirmed Parker had suffered a facial fracture suffered early in Brisbane's NRL win over Canberra on Monday night.

Parker revealed a head clash with Broncos teammate Matt Gillett damaged his eye socket.

Parker considered running out next Wednesday night until Meninga helped sanity prevail.

"The main concern is another knock. The position it (break) is in can jeopardise your eyesight and have permanent double vision and those sorts of things," Parker said.

"I guess Mal made the decision for me. The hard thing is to leave the boys and the feeling that you are letting them down.

"I would dare say I will be right for game three."

Broncos No.7 Ben Hunt is in the 21-man squad on standby for Cherry-Evans who did not back himself to play game two.

"At the moment confidence is not a word I would use. I am hopeful," said Cherry-Evans sporting a knee brace.

"If I go into the game not 100 per cent there would definitely be a chance of further injury.

"The end call will come down to the medical staff.

"It depends on how long Mal gives me to get myself right."

Slater also said he had not been given a deadline to prove his fitness from a shoulder knock he received in NSW's 12-8 game one win.

"It's hard to be confident when you haven't put yourself in a situation you are going to find yourself on game day," Slater said.

"I will have to wait until I train to see where I am at."

Parker admitted Queensland faced the biggest challenge in their eight year dynasty.

"It is backs-to-the-wall but we have full confidence in the group's depth," said Parker who will stay on in the team's Gold Coast camp.

"Once they pull on a Maroon jersey they are expected to do the job."


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