HE’LL BE WRIGHT ON THE NIGHT
WINGER AND CO- CAPTAIN SCOTT NAMED TO FACE EELS
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.