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NSW Timeline 3: Blues Representation 2019 – Nathan Cleary has Got Time to Heal



Brad Fittler will pick Nathana Cleary in the team of the State of Origin series but will injure halfback to Thursday to show he will be able to blockbuster on July 10 at ANZ Stadium.

Fittler, who will announce his team for Origin III on Monday, told the Sunday Footy Show that Cleary will be given every opportunity to prove his ability after suffering an ankle injury during the 38-6 win over the Maroon in the match two in Perth .

"Definitely he will try to run until Tuesday and that will be a great indicator," Fittler said.

"He's a tie-in player, so bringing other players connected to the line makes the difference in your team's cohesion. We really hope that Nathan is fit and healthy.

Tyson Frizell did not run [ahead of] one of the games, when he had a brain tumor, until Friday. He last year was a very important part of our team.

"It's all very individual about how long you give to someone, and I think Nathan, our first real session is likely to be Thursday. He will have at least that until then."

Knight veterans Mitchell Pearce and Shark Wade Graham captain, who filled half well when Cleary left injured at Optus Stadium, are the main candidates for replacing the Penrith playmaker if he can not be ready for a third match.

Blues of the fifth eighth James Maloney is convinced that his Panthers partners will face Maroon.

"I think there are positive signs I know," Maloney said.

"Oteklina descended, through it he returned the weight."

"He did everything, 24/7 broken his physiotherapy [work] he does everything he can. I'm moving everything in the hope of being good.

Maloney said that Cleary would not risk releasing the team down, declaring himself capable of playing if his ankle did not cure enough.

"This is a great opportunity to play decisive back in Sydney so he will do everything possible but on the other hand he will make a real call," Maloney said.

"I'm sure if he knows he can not do the job, he will be the first to raise his hand and say," Look, I'm not good. "Fully prepared and knowing that you can do the job.

"I would be very surprised to wear someone who is not fully prepared and ready to go."

Tariq Sims striker has been faced with a banning to pull him out of the NSW team for Origin III for his assault on Captain Cowboys of Michael Morgan during Victory St. George Illawarre in Wollongong on Friday night.

Dragons and Sims have until noon on Monday to find their plea, but are expected to challenge charges in court hearing on Tuesday night.

Knights preacher David Klemmer had an impressive return from injury to the wrist at Newcastle's victory over Brisbane on Saturday night. He will be overlooked by NSW for Origin III, so his colleague, Daniel Saifiti, is likely to retain his place in the team. If Sims is suspended, Klemmer will probably get a recall.


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