Mor­gan to face Manly

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON michael. thompson@ news. com. au

MICHAEL Mor­gan be­lieves he will be avail­able for North Queens­land’s clash against the Manly Sea Ea­gles in 11 days’ time af­ter hav­ing mi­nor an­kle surgery yesterday.

Mor­gan had his right an­kle cleaned out dur­ing a day sur- gery pro­ce­dure that should help al­le­vi­ate the dis­com­fort Mor­gan has played through for much of the sea­son.

The Ori­gin util­ity has got through all his club games this sea­son un­scathed de­spite play­ing with an in­fec­tion in the an­kle which is be­lieved to be re­lated to an in­fec­tion he had in the an­kle fol­low­ing surgery a few years ago.

The nag­ging prob­lem flared up roughly two months ago, with Mor­gan seen leav­ing a pre- game warm up early ahead of North Queens­land’s clash against Manly in Round 12.

“If any­thing I’ll just be wait­ing on the cut from the in­ci­sion to heal,” Mor­gan said.

“It’s only very mi­nor surgery and I’m very lucky be­cause the tim­ing has been very good with the bye.

“I prob­a­bly won’t have to miss any games, so I should be right to get back to train­ing af­ter our break.”

Mor­gan is keen to get back to Cowboys duty af­ter play­ing his best game of this year’s State of Ori­gin se­ries on Wed­nes­day night, fol­low­ing games one and two where he had lim­ited im­pact.

The Cowboys have ex­pe­ri­enced surges dur­ing the post- Ori­gin pe­riod in re­cent sea­sons, but what has built up fur­ther ex­cite­ment this year the

is fact North Queens­land have achieved their best- ever State of Ori­gin pe­riod.

Last week­end’s 18- 12 win over St Ge­orge Illawarra left the Cowboys with a 5- 1 win­loss ra­tio from the six games, and will re­main two wins clear in sec­ond spot be­hind the Bris­bane Bron­cos thanks to this week­end’s bye.

The 11- day turn­around un­til next game gives not only Mor­gan time to re­cover but also An­to­nio Win­ter­stein, who suf­fered a pec­toral mus­cle com­plaint dur­ing the Cowboys’ vic­tory against the Dragons.

Win­ter­stein did not re­quire surgery but still faces ques­tion marks over his chances of play­ing the Sea Ea­gles at Brook­vale on July 20.

Cowboys high per­for­mance staff will mon­i­tor Win­ter­stein’s progress in com­ing days in the build- up to the Manly clash.

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