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GI scans precautionary, say Souths

David Beniuk 09/05/2011 07:50:11 PM Comments (0)

Test centre Greg Inglis is confident his hip injury won't mean a lengthy stint on the sidelines after undergoing scans.

Inglis was upbeat as he left Redfern Oval for the tests on Monday after re-injuring his hip, which he had pre-season surgery on, playing for Australia in Friday night's win over New Zealand.

"I'm not too concerned, it's getting better and better each day," he told the Nine Network.

"I'll probably miss this week and play next week."

Rabbitohs officials believe he is still a chance of taking on the Wests Tigers on Saturday night.

Souths can ill afford to lose their star back with their pack already decimated by long-term injuries to the likes of Sam Burgess, Roy Asotasi, Luke Stuart and Scott Geddes.

They may turn to Burgess' 19-year-old younger brother George to help address the crisis after skipper Asotasi became the latest to be ruled out, for four months, after the round eight victory over Cronulla.

George Burgess, a 120kg giant, said he was ready to take the step up to the NRL.

"I've always been ready since I've came here I think," he told AAP on Monday.

"If I play to the best of my ability I think I've got a place in the squad."

Burgess played in Souths' pre-season trials but has since been undergoing an apprenticeship in the NSW Cup.

"I was a bit behind scratch in the trials but I'm a bit closer to my best at the moment and, hopefully if I keep going the way I'm going, I could get a spot," he said.

"It took a few weeks to get used to the standard but I feel like I'm getting there now and I feel like I'm putting in some good performances."

An NRL debut against the Tigers at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night could throw him into battle against English veteran Gareth Ellis, who is recovering from an ankle problem.

Burgess said his brother Sam, ruled out for the season with his own ankle injury, was doing it tough.

"It's pretty gutting for him, I feel for him, he's had no luck this season," George said.

"He's lucky that he's young.

"He's a strong-minded person and he'll come back from it. Next year you'll see a totally different player, I have no doubt about that."

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