Having initially feared he had broken his leg, Manly captain Jamie Lyon declared himself a certain starter for Friday’s NRL preliminary final against South Sydney.
Lyon looked in agony as he reeled out of a tackle in last Friday’s semi-final win over Cronulla; the Sea Eagles centre clutched and then limped heavily on his left leg before he saw out the contest.
With his leg packed in ice after the game he appeared in serious doubt to face the Rabbitohs, but the skipper said he would be there at ANZ Stadium – he insisted the injured leg would not prevent him from training.
‘‘They [the scans] were fine, just had a bit of a bang on it and there was a bit of bruising but it’s a good result and there’ll be no doubt this week,’’ Lyon said at North Narrabeen Beach yesterday.
‘‘I’ll be out there playing, so it’s good. I’ll probably have a normal week, take it easy. I’ll have a run tomorrow. It’s settling down better each day so I’ll be fine.’’
Lyon admitted he feared the worst when the injury occurred, his leg caught under two defenders.
‘‘I thought it was bad, I thought I’d broken my leg at the start,’’ he said.
‘‘I was probably carrying on a bit out there but it was good news and it settled down after a little while.’’
Lyon isn’t the only concern for the Sea Eagles; while he admitted Brett Stewart was no certainty to return from a hamstring strain, the centre was confident Anthony Watmough (knee) would be fit to play.
Stewart hasn’t played since round 25, and was touch and go before being ruled out at the last minute against the Sharks.
The Sea Eagles lacked some fluency in their attack without their star fullback.
‘‘Brett’s probably the biggest [injury concern] there,’’ Lyon said. AAP