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Hindmarsh to play through knee problem

By David Beniuk 09/08/2006 07:14:21 PM Comments (0)

The knee injury to Parramatta's Nathan Hindmarsh which derailed the Eels' NRL finals campaign last year is yet to fully recover.

But star forward Hindmarsh is confident he can make it through until the end of the Tri Nations series against Great Britain and New Zealand in October-November.

"I'll get through the season, (I'm) very confident," Hindmarsh told AAP.

He said pain is not a problem, but movement has been.

"I wouldn't say pain, it's not painful, it's not moving how I would like it to move.

"It wouldn't be as free as I'd like it to be but it's not a pain that is definitely going to keep me out of a game, that's for sure.

"It's pretty much more to do with swelling and just the joint itself."

Asked if he'll be right to make it through the Tri Nations, Hindmarsh said: "Yeah, should be if everything goes to plan."

The problem is cartilage rubbing against bone in Hindmarsh's right knee, but no operation is required and a long rest is the only cure.

Parramatta won the minor premiership last year before crashing out 29-0 to North Queensland the week before the grand final while Hindmarsh sat on the sidelines with the injury.

Its reappearance would be the last news Eels fans would want to hear as the side bounces back from a horror start to the season, finding itself on a seven-match winning streak.

Hindmarsh said he's felt the knee since the beginning of the season but it flared up with a knock in the game against Manly two rounds ago.

"I had it at the start of the year after I tore my posterior (cruciate ligament) at the end of last year so I know I can play with it, it's just how I manage it," he said.

"If I manage it well, I'll be fine but if I don't it could stiffen up to a point where it won't be any good.

"It's not where I'd like it to be but it's definitely nothing to worry about at this stage.

"You can get by without having a posterior in your knee.

"I just gave it a knock against Manly and it seemed to have flared up again but I've looked after it well and had no problems against St George on Friday."

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