Australia stand-off Daly Cherry-Evans is expected to face England this Sunday after Kangaroos officials revealed he is set to resume full training tomorrow.
The Manly star, 25, injured his hip against New Zealand on Saturday and was taken off at half time. He began treatment immediately and made great progress before having to leave the Kangaroos camp on Monday when his wife went into labour. He is expected to resume full intensity running tomorrow (Thursday).
Tony Ayoub, Australia’s physiotherapist, said: “The treatment started straight after the game with myself and Steve Sartori, the other physio,
“He had two or three sessions that night and about four the next day, and improved out of sight.
“Before he left he was hopping, jumping and all of that sort of stuff, without any pain. Looking at him then, the anticipation was that he would train tomorrow to a certain degree and we would re-assess it, and then hopefully do a captain’s run and have a proper fitness test there.”
Brisbane’s Ben Hunt is on standby should Cherry-Evans fail to prove his fitness but isn’t holding his breath.
“I think he’s a big chance of playing,” Hunt said.
“He was feeling good at the start of the week and it was getting better and better so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
“It was the same sort of thing in Origin, he just came in the last day and was cleared to play. I will prepare like I am playing in the halves and if I get the chance to play I will be ready. I’m approaching it as if it’s going to be one of the biggest games of my career.”