Ma­roons sweat on Slater’s an­kle in­jury

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN

THE Ma­roons have suf­fered a blow, with coach Kevin Wal­ters re­veal­ing Billy Slater’s an­kle is “not great” just days be­fore what could be his fi­nal State of Ori­gin match.

Slater sent a scare through Camp Ma­roon yes­ter­day when he went down in the dy­ing stages of an op­posed train­ing ses­sion on the Gold Coast. The 28- Ori­gin vet­eran lay on the ground for sev­eral min­utes as he was at­tended by Ma­roons med­i­cal staff and even­tu­ally walked from the field.

Slater had his right an­kle strapped and was driven back to his ho­tel room in a golf buggy to be­gin in­tense treat­ment so he can run on to Sun­corp Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day night for the se­ries de­cider. “He’s not great I’ve got to say,” Wal­ters said last night. “He’s a bit sore. It’s not ideal but it hap­pened.

“He rolled his an­kle last month against Cronulla. He’s re- in­jured that a lit­tle bit more than any­thing.

“We’re not con­cerned about him not play­ing. We think he is go­ing to be all right. He seems to think he will be OK.”

The Ma­roons will as­sess Slater this morn­ing be­fore de­cid­ing whether they need to draft in an emer­gency player. Queens­land’s full­back stocks are low given Darius Boyd ( bro­ken thumb) and Greg Inglis ( knee) are side­lined while Bron­cos winger Corey Oates ( in­fec­tion) could be out for a month.

Slater, 34, is yet to com­mit to play­ing on in 2018.

SCARY: Billy Slater goes down in­jured dur­ing a Queens­land Ma­roons State of Ori­gin train­ing ses­sion at Sanc­tu­ary Cove

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