Cooper Cronk still out for Sydney Roosters clash with Parramatta Eels


The Roosters may be the victims of a late out for the second successive week but their opponents tonight, the Eels, are expected to go into the match unchanged.

In the early Friday match,  the Raiders will be missing halfback Aidan Sezer with a torn oblique. He will be replaced by Sam Williams.

The  Knights are not expected to make any late changes. Newcastle were dealt a blow on Thursday when Connor Watson was revealed to have suffered an MCL sprain. The club is hopeful he will play next week but Watson’s absence will not see Kalyn Ponga return to fullback.

News that Tom Trbojevic is set to start for the Sea Eagles is sure to bring a smile to the face of Manly fans.

Cowboys coach Paul Green insists Michael Morgan will be fit and firing for their clash with the Sharks. Morgan appeared to be in plenty of pain when clutching at his shoulder during his team’s last start loss to the Broncos.

Both Nene Macdonald and John Asiata will play after passing the required concussion protocols.

Each of Matt Moylan, Sosaia Feki and Jayden Brailey have been cleared to play for the Sharks despite sitting out different parts of training throughout the week.

Feki and Moylan were nursing knee complaints, while Brailey suffered a head knock against the Titans. Sione Katoa (groin) is still in some doubt for the Panthers but Josh Mansour (shoulder) has been cleared to play.

Their opponents in Bathurst, the Storm are expected to start with the same team named on Tuesday.

The Tigers are in the same boat and the team with the biggest player turnover of the week – the Bulldogs – are not expected to make any late moves.

On Sunday, the Rabbitohs are sweating on the fitness of captain Greg Inglis.

He was put through his paces at training yesterday but a call on whether he will play will not be made until tomorrow. John Suttion (chest), Damien Cook (shoulder) and Braidon Burns (knee) will all play.

Souths will be favourites with or without their skipper, who will face an unchanged Titans side.

Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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