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Carney back for Roosters against Cronulla

By Russell Jackson 10/05/2011 06:44:29 PM Comments (0)

Three weeks after his NRL career hit the skids, Sydney Roosters star Todd Carney is back for another shot at redemption.

Carney, who made his comeback to training last week, has been named to play against Cronulla on Sunday, his return a timely boost for a Roosters side hoping to avoid a fifth-straight loss.

The five-eighth was stood down by the Roosters three weeks ago after it was revealed he had broken a promise to the club by partaking in a late night drinking session with fellow Rooster Anthony Watts.

The Dally M medal winner has undergone treatment for personal issues as well as ongoing physiotherapy for a groin injury.

Carney was previously sacked by Canberra and forced to sit out the game for a year in 2009 after a string of alcohol-related incidents.

Roosters coach Brian Smith has delivered on his promise to wield the axe after his side's feeble last-start capitulation against the Gold Coast with winger Steve Naughton and centre Kane Linnett getting well-earned call-ups from feeder club Newtown.

Meanwhile, Canberra fullback Josh Dugan will get one last chance to impress NSW selectors before State of Origin I when he makes his NRL return against the Melbourne Storm on Saturday at AAMI Park.

Dugan missed Monday's night's 20-0 loss to Manly because of an infected boil in his armpit but has been given the all-clear by Raiders' medical staff.

The livewire No.1 had a strong game in Country Origin's win over City last Friday.

Raiders prop Brett White, who played two games for NSW in 2010, said spirits remained high in the Canberra side despite suffering their eighth-straight loss to Manly.

St George Illawarra five-eighth Jamie Soward, a leading contender for the NSW No.6 spot, is set to return from a groin injury after being named to play Canterbury on Friday night.

Darius Boyd is also listed in the Dragons side but centre Mark Gasnier is likely to miss the Bulldogs clash after picking up an ankle injury against the Cowboys, but will be right to play for NSW.

Greg Inglis has been ruled out of South Sydney's team for their clash with Wests Tigers on Saturday night.

Inglis re-injured his hip, which he had pre-season surgery on, playing for Australia in Friday night's win over New Zealand.

NSW Origin hopeful Luke Lewis returns to the Penrith side for Friday night's clash with Brisbane after five weeks on the sidelines with a broken thumb.

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