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Inglis fitness in doubt ahead of Origin II

By Wayne Heming 06/06/2011 07:16:10 PM Comments (0)

The fitness of State of Origin strike centre Greg Inglis remains a slight concern for Queensland selectors following reports his NRL club has ordered him to have scans on a knee injury on Monday.

Inglis, expected to be named for Origin II on Tuesday, played his first game for South Sydney against his former club Melbourne at the weekend since injuring his hip during Australia's clash with New Zealand in April.

When asked by AAP about his likely return to Origin, selectors' chairman Des Morris said: "He's come through the game (at the weekend) reasonably well and we'll find out more later today I guess".

It's understood South Sydney sent Inglis for a precautionary scan on his knee on Monday.

However the club would not confirm the scan reports, saying he would be OK to play for the Maroons.

Queensland's 17-man line-up will be announced at their Sunshine Coast base at Coolum on Tuesday.

It could be stronger than the game one winning side if Inglis is named and giant South Sydney forward Dave Taylor is recalled.

Already down two classy centres in Justin Hodges (hamstring) and Willie Tonga (shoulder) Queensland will rush Inglis back if he gets the all clear from Souths and will reward Taylor for his improved attitude and recent lift in form.

The 18th man for game one last month after playing all three matches in the 2010 series whitewash, Taylor had been criticised this season for a relative lack of involvement for Souths.

Given a public blast by former Queensland great and current Souths assistant coach Gorden Tallis, Taylor has since produced two excellent NRL performances against the Warriors and Melbourne to show Queensland selectors he can do the job they want.

Taylor though wasn't overly confident about his chances of a recall.

"It's a tough side to crack, who do you replace?," he said after his man-of-the-match effort against Melbourne at the weekend.

But with the second game expected to be a more open affair, Taylor's ability to drag in several defenders on the left edge with his 120kg frame is expected to be a popular attacking ploy for the Maroons.

Taylor will claim a bench spot from Warriors forward Jacob Lillyman who's been retained as Queensland's 18th man after performing well in their 16-12 first game win last month.

Apart from Inglis and Taylor, Queensland's side will be the same as the one that snatched a win to go 1-0 in the series at Suncorp Stadium last month.

Likely Queensland team: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Dane Nielsen, Greg Inglis, Jharal Yow Yeh, Darren Lockyer(c), Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva, Nate Myles, Sam Thaiday, Ashley Harrison. Interchange: Cooper Cronk, Corey Parker, Dave Taylor, Ben Hannant.

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