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Gidley eyes Origin II return for NSW

By Todd Balym 22/05/2008 05:24:11 PM Comments (0)

Injured NSW utility Kurt Gidley says he is hopeful of being fit for State of Origin II at Suncorp Stadium next month but won't play an NRL game between now and then.

Gidley had originally been slated as NSW's starting halfback for Origin I but suffered a fractured cheekbone on the eve of team selection and was ruled out within hours of entering camp.

His position was taken by Brisbane 22-year-old Peter Wallace and the rookie took his opportunity with both hands playing a starring role in NSW's 18-10 win over Queensland at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.

Only injury would force Wallace out of the No.7 jumper for Origin II, meaning Gidley would likely have to slot into the NSW side on the interchange in place of St George Illawarra utility Ben Hornby.

Gidley had metal plates inserted into his cheek last Friday and said he would miss at least three weeks of NRL action.

With the NSW team for Origin II to be announced on June 3 the Newcastle star is unlikely to get any match time unless he rushes back for the home clash with New Zealand Warriors in just nine days.

"My first goal is to be back in the NSW side for State of Origin 2, but whether that can happen or not is dependant on my injury and how quickly my cheekbone heals," Gidley wrote in his online blog.

"I will be out for about three weeks from the plates being inserted, although they will now stay in for the rest of the season.

"It was frustrating (to miss Origin I). I had just played through the pain in Melbourne and was feeling bulletproof.

"I felt like I could have played, but to do so would have been risky and in hindsight the (NSW) doctor was right to rule me out."

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