Morris’ return to boost injury-hit Roosters

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The demotion of Josh Morris’s Sydney Roosters will only take a week after further injuries have pushed the NRL club’s back line to its absolute limit.

Billy Smith and Matt Ikuvalu are the last players to go down for the Roosters on Friday night, both injured in the club’s 28: 8 win n Newcastle.

Ikuvalu suffered a suspected syndesmosis injury that will likely rule him out at least until the final, while Smith suffered a foot blow.

After a foot injury that marked the season of Joseph Suaalii finished, the now retired Brett Morris is also missing in the back line of the Roosters that started the year.


Utility Back Brad Abbey is also unavailable and is quarantined on the Gold Coast after going after a COVID-19 case at his Sydney apartment late Building had to fly to Queensland.

It means that Trent Robinson will either have to bleed U19 development player Moala Graham-Taufa as the only full-back in his bladder or play someone out of position in next week’s decisive duel against Parramatta .

“We have to get started very quickly,” said Robinson,

“It’s not like that, especially at these times just what it seems like a scan and possibly an operation.

“We live in another world, so we run the clock there.”

But in Morris the Roosters coach did at least one safe option for one of the outer backs spots.

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The veteran was dropped ahead of Friday’s game for one of the few times in his 321-game career after underperforming the 34-year-old.

“Josh will no doubt be right back,” said Robinson.

“He’s all-in, he got it this week.

” I always have (had a lot of confidence). That’s why I said at the pre-game press conference that it would be difficult (to drop him).

“It’s not easy. It’s also my fault because last month I couldn’t get him to play the way I wanted to. ”


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