Cowboys’ Morgan in line for return against Dogs

KNEE ISSUES: Cowboy Michael Morgan could return from injury this weekend against the Bulldogs.
KNEE ISSUES: Cowboy Michael Morgan could return from injury this weekend against the Bulldogs. MICHAEL CHAMBERS

WHILE Cronulla and Melbourne continue to set the pace, the team that has everyone looking over their shoulder is Canterbury as it builds finals momentum on the back of four tough wins.

The Bulldogs’ looming clash with defending premier North Queensland is deserving of the Friday night blockbuster tag, with the Cowboys coming off a disappointing 26-12 loss to Canberra and the Bulldogs notching a fourth-straight win, 32-22 against Wests Tigers, on the back on their power game up front.

This is a statement game for both clubs, who, along with Brisbane, are locked in a battle for a top-four finish.

Cowboys coach Paul Green has received some very welcome news with the expected return of Queensland Origin utility Michael Morgan in the No.6 jumper, in tandem with Johnathan Thurston, after training twice with the club.

Morgan has been receiving treatment for a knee injury he suffered playing for Queensland in the second Origin game when the Maroons wrapped up the series.

While the injury ensured he looked a little proppy at times, it was sound enough to suggest he would be back in the saddle for the Cowboys this weekend.

“I wouldn’t say it (the knee) will be 100% for a while but I wouldn’t play if I wasn’t confident with it,” Morgan said.

“It’s one of those injuries that might hang around for a while but not one I think I can do more damage to.

“There’ll be a bit of pain here and there but nothing ridiculous.”

Morgan said the Bulldogs were on a roll with their big forwards and a set of in-form halves.

“It will be a challenge for us, but one I think we are ready for,” he said.

Canterbury’s giant pack, led by skipper James Graham and Aiden Tolman and bench destroyers Sam Kasiano, David Klemmer and Tony Williams, has been belting sides into submission but the Cowboys have a pack that has won a grand final.

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