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Watmough raring for NRL finals return

This time last week, Anthony Watmough couldn't even walk, so bad was the pain in his injured knee.
Watmough raring for NRL finals return
by AAP

By Roje Adaimy

SYDNEY, Sept 4 AAP - This time last week, Anthony Watmough couldn't even walk, so bad was the pain in his injured knee.

Now the Manly forward is targeting a comeback for the Sea Eagles' opening NRL finals encounter next weekend.

"The body's been getting thrown a bit out of whack ... but it's getting better," Watmough said on Wednesday.

"Hopefully I can run next week without a local (painkilling injection). If I can do that, then hopefully I'll play without one as well."

Watmough helped secure a top-four berth for the Sea Eagles when he scored a crucial try in the round-24 victory over Canberra, after having three injections in his knee before kick-off.

The injury was caused by a controversial leg twist from South Sydney forward Jeff Lima week earlier.

"When he twisted it, he must've banged the joints together and the bone bruised a bit," Watmough said.

"And then we went down to Canberra - that didn't help the situation and flared it up a bit.

"I finished that game and I literally couldn't walk for two or three days - it was pretty painful."

The 30-year-old missed Manly's last-start win over Melbourne and has been rested for Sunday's final-round match against Penrith at Brookvale Oval.

He said club medical staff told him it was best to wait until the finals before returning - a move which Watmough believes has helped freshen his mind and body.

"The boys thought I'd been on a holiday ... there's no chance! I've been getting flogged in my own rehab," he said.

"I would've played this week but it would've had to be under local.

"Personally I think it's up around at 80 per cent at the moment. If you asked me this question this time last week, I would've told you there's no way I'm ever playing a game without a needle.

"But the way it's come the last couple of days, I'm really super excited."

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