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Luke Bailey out of Origin with fracture

By Jim Morton 11/06/2009 05:42:53 PM Comments (0)

NSW prop Luke Bailey will miss State of Origin II, and probably the rest of the series, after scans revealed a slight crack in his right arm.

Bailey, who sustained the injury on Monday night before heading to hospital and then returning to the field against St George Illawarra, has been ruled out for a minimum two weeks with the injury.

A bone scan on Thursday revealed a slight crack in the area where a screw had been inserted for a broken arm previously, leaving him no chance of playing the second interstate clash in Sydney on June 24.

Gold Coast's loss of the veteran Blues forward for Saturday's clash with the Sydney Roosters in Gosford was compounded by the scratching of five-eighth Mat Rogers (ribs).

Matt White replaces Bailey in the Titans front-row while Will Zillman is promoted for the bench to fullback, allowing veteran dynamo Preston Campbell to slot into five-eighth.

Bailey doesn't require surgery but will be out of action for between two to four weeks.

If he takes a month to return the 29-year-old will have no chance of being selected for Origin III in Brisbane on July 15.

The Coast co-captain will have a follow-up X-ray in 10 days and remains optimistic he will miss just one NRL match for the joint competition leaders.

"It's disappointing that I'm missing this week but we have a bye next weekend so with a bit of luck I could only miss one game," said Bailey.

"There's no more damage than I thought there was so we will know more in 10 days time."

The Blues could name Bailey in their team on Monday and wait for his next scan results a few days prior to Origin II, but it would be a massive gamble and could cause disruption to the team ahead of a must-win clash.

If anything Bailey's misfortune could be a gain for his Gold Coast teammate Anthony Laffranchi, as the Test backrower was likely to be one of the fall guys from the Origin I loss in Melbourne.

Laffranchi was a late addition to the Blues team in Melbourne but was expected to make way for the return of Paul Gallen (shoulder) and Glenn Stewart (suspension) who were forced out of the original 17-man squad.

But with Bailey out and no standout front row contenders waiting in the wings, Laffranchi could keep his position in the side with his ability to play prop and extensive representative experience a bonus for the young NSW side.

NSW selector Bob McCarthy wouldn't discuss any possible team changes on Thursday, with the selectors not due to meet until Monday afternoon when they'll pick the squad for Origin II.

The loss of Bailey however is a significant problem for the selectors as the front row stocks are very thin with Newcastle's Ben Cross and Wests Tigers' Keith Galloway both out injured.

Manly's Test prop Josh Perry could come under consideration but has had a very quiet 2009.

The other prospects from the City-Country clash last month - Luke Stuart, Mark O'Meley and Brett White - could all be considered but haven't been in strong enough form to warrant NSW selection.

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