Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH liam. but­ter­worth@ news. com. au

COWBOYS co- cap­tain Matt Scott won’t be risked against the Par­ra­matta Eels on Mon­day if there is any chance of fur­ther dam­ag­ing his knee.

Scott was yesterday named to start against Par­ra­matta de­spite still re­quir­ing scans on his right knee, af­ter a twist in a tackle re­stricted him to 37 min­utes in the 30- 12 win over Manly on Mon­day.

The in­jury is not thought to be too se­vere and Scott was go­ing to re­turn to the field at Brook­vale Oval, but the re­sults of the scan will ul­ti­mately de- termine whether he will be given a week off.

New South Wales prop James Tamou will make his re­turn from sus­pen­sion against the Eels while fel­low props Ben Han­nant, Scott Bolton and Sam Hoare have all been in good form.

Cowboys coach Paul Green has made no se­cret of his de­sire to give his high- pro­file play­ers some time off to freshen up head­ing into fi­nals, and 19- game Queens­land vet­eran Scott is the only one of the Cowboys’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive quar­tet who has yet to be rested.

North Queens­land as­sis­tant coach Dave Furner said it was too early to tell whether Scott would be rested but could not rule it out.

“I think that would be some­thing be­tween Matty and Greeny and we’ll just have to see what dam­age is done there,” Furner said. “If there is any sort of risk there, I’d imag­ine that Matty wouldn’t play.

“I think it was just a twist in a tackle and I know he tried to run on it and he was go­ing to go back on.”

“There was a call by the med­i­cal staff there and ob­vi­ously Greeny to not send him back on.

“I don’t think the ex­tent of the in­jury was that bad.”

Green also yesterday named winger Matthew Wright – whose cut hand suf­fered in the fi­nal five min­utes on Mon­day night wasn’t as se­ri­ous as first thought.

“It was in the process of com­plet­ing the tackle and hav­ing a look it was the stud that caught Wrighty’s hand,” said Furner. “Firstly they thought the lac­er­a­tion may have sev­ered ten­dons.

“But it wasn’t to be and ‘ Wrighty’ has got a pretty sore hand with a few stitches.

“I think ( he should play) at this point and there’s a bit of swelling there but other than that I think he should be OK.”

Par­ra­matta have been forced into some changes, with un­der- fire half­back Chris Sandow ruled out for two games through sus­pen­sion and Corey Nor­man go­ing down in­jured in the 28- 4 round 19 home loss to the Bull­dogs at ANZ Sta­dium.

The Eels named Joseph Paulo and Luke Kelly in the halves for the Townsville match while Reece Robin­son re­turns from a frac­tured cheek­bone.

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