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Eels’ Gun In Doubt
KIERAN Foran is almost certain to cruelly miss his first game as Parramatta skipper.
Foran trained with an injured hamstring on Wednesday but is likely to be ruled out of Thursday’s NRL season-opener against Brisbane at Pirtek Stadium.
The Eels will officially give Foran until an hour before kick-off to determine his fitness status but sources close to Parramatta believe their star halfback will be ruled out sometime this morning.
Foran may make a late recovery and play but no-one at Parramatta is entirely confident.
“It’s unlikely,” Eels coach Brad Arthur told The Daily Telegraph last night. “He’s got tightness there, there’s no strain, no tear, but we’re not prepared to run a risk with him if he’s not 100 per cent.
“It’s round one and if we were playing Sunday he would be right but I will still give him every opportunity.
“We will check on him (Thursday). He ran (Wednesday at training), he’s okay, we’re just mindful of the problem he has had before. I’m not going to risk him.
“He is not 100 per cent out yet but it’s unlikely he will play. He knows he needs to be 100 per cent otherwise he won’t be playing.”
Losing Foran would not only be blow for Parramatta but also for the game itself. Foran is a true star and the match would suffer in his absence.
Foran would be shattered to miss his first game at new club Parramatta.
Arthur claimed that Luke Kelly — not Mitch Cornish — would be promoted should Foran withdraw.
1. Michael Gordon
2. Semi Radradra
3. Michael Jennings
4. Brad Takairangi
5. Clint Gutherson
6. Corey Norman
7. Kieran Foran (c)
8. Junior Paulo
9. Nathan Peats
10. Tim Mannah
11. Manu Ma’u
12. Beau Scott
13. Tepai Moeroa
14. David Gower
15. Peni Terepo
16. Daniel Alvaro
17. Kenny Edwards
18. Kaysa Pritchard
Coach: Brad Arthur
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