Star Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran has all but ruled himself out of Friday’s grand final rematch with NRL premiers the Sydney Roosters as he battles an ongoing calf complaint.
Foran suffered the injury in the Sea Eagles’ gutsy round two win over South Sydney and was a late withdrawal from their last-minute victory over Parramatta on Sunday.
The Kiwi representative was hopeful of playing the Roosters but struggled to run on Tuesday at training.
“It’s coming along alright, I tried to run on it today but it didn’t go too well,” Foran said.
“I’m going to ice it up today and see how it pulls up tomorrow.
“The short turnaround is a problem. If it was a Sunday game, I would like to back myself in but being a Friday night game it has changed things a little.
“I will see how it goes day to day but at the moment it is not looking good.”
Brett Stewart is unlikely to return from a hamstring injury he has had since round one and Jorge Taufua is probably still at least another week away from overcoming a shoulder injury.
Prop Jason King is another likely omission after he was hit with a grade one shoulder charge by the NRL Match Review Committee.
But Foran said his side had proved already this year they can win with key players sidelined.
“We thrive when our backs are against the wall and we have got players out,” he said.
“We have got great depth, the players who come in seem to lift and do a great job.
“It is something that is so great about this club.
“We like it when our backs are against the wall.”
If Foran isn’t fit, captain Jamie Lyon is likely to move to five-eighth, with Tony Satini to play centre, as was the case against Parramatta.