Cowboys star Reuben Cotter suffers hamstring injury in the warm up ahead of Manly clash with Queensland boss Billy Slater facing a nervous wait over fitness of gun ahead of Origin II next Sunday
- Cowboys and QLD have suffered a blow after Reuben Cotter picked up an injury
- Cotter put in a standout performance against NSW in Origin I last Wednesday
- However, he pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring knock on Friday
A hamstring injury has ruled Reuben Cotter out of North Queensland’s NRL clash with Manly on Friday, plunging his hopes of a State of Origin II call-up in doubt.
Cotter was seen running through some routine drills ahead of his side’s game against the Sea Eagles, but pulled out of the warm-up after clutching at his hamstring.
The 23-year-old walked straight down the tunnel at at Brookvale Oval and was replaced in the Cowboys’ game day 17 by utility back Brendan Elliott.
Reuben Cotter suffered a hamstring injury in a big blow for Queensland and the Cowboys
The star lock was running through routine drills before pulling up ahead of the Manly game
Cotter was taken to the rooms and was ruled out for the game and faces a nervous wait
Cotter was a standout in his Origin debut in game one and was considered a certain starter for the Maroons in Perth.
Yet his injury concern casts doubt over his availability for the game in Perth next Sunday, with Queensland coach Billy Slater facing a nervous wait to discover the extent of the knock.
The lock will be sent for scans when the Cowboys return to Townsville on Saturday afternoon.
NRL Physio tweeted: ‘Reuben Cotter a late out for the Cowboys after suffering hamstring injury in warmup.
‘Looking ahead, not good for Origin 2 availability in 9 days time. Even the most minor of hamstring strains usually a 2 week return to play, would have to hope for just tightness/fascia injury’.