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Mortimer on track to start for Eels

By Samantha Broun 24/09/2009 01:16:21 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta five eighth Daniel Mortimer appears to be winning the fitness race to play in Friday's NRL preliminary final against the Bulldogs.

Eels coach Daniel Anderson said on Thursday 20-year-old Mortimer only had to get through the final training session in the afternoon to take his place in the side in the blockbuster at ANZ Stadium.

Mortimer has been in a race against time to overcome a hip pointer injury but showed he was on track when he completed a light run on Wednesday evening.

"He trained last night, got another session today, if he trains today he'll play," Anderson said.

Centre Krisnan Inu also looks to have recovered sufficiently from a hamstring injury which has kept him sidelined for three weeks.

"They both trained last night, full session so, see how they pull up and see how they go today," said Anderson.

Anderson and Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore fronted a big media contingent at ANZ Stadium in a final press conference for the biggest NRL clash of the season to date.

Moore was pleased with his side's preparation and said they had completely their final training run on Thursday morning.

Moore said halfback Brett Kimmorley was 100 percent and full of confidence heading into the near-sellout match as he makes his comeback from a fractured cheekbone.

The rival coaches shook hands with each other at the end of the formalities and wished each other good luck.

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