Broncos backrower Alex Glenn
Utility Alex Glenn is set to return from a hamstring injury in time for the Brisbane Broncos' crucial clash with defending NRL premiers Manly on Friday night.
The barnstorming ballrunner is champing at the bit get back in the fray as the seventh-placed Broncos walk the tightrope towards the finals with two regular-season games to play.
He is also hoping to hold-off teammate Gerard Beale in the pair's friendly rivalry for the club's top tryscorer honours.
Despite sitting out the past two weeks through injury, Glenn is the club's leading tryscorer this season, crossing for 11 four-pointers as a backrower, centre and off the bench.
Winger Beale has eight tries to his name, while Corey Norman and Ben Te'o have nine each.
Today, Glenn said Broncos training staff were astounded by his quick return from an injury that looked as though it could derail his entire season.
“They were saying we were looking at four weeks, which would have been the season, so I was a bit devastated,” he said.
“I just went straight into rehab mode and did everything I could to get back on the field as quick as I can. Credit goes to all the physios working with me every day.
“The physio said I got my strength back pretty quick so I got out there running quicker than they expected and reached my sprinting stage yesterday.”
The Broncos are locked in a three-way tie with the Wests Tigers and Canberra Raiders on 26 competition points, with Brisbane ahead on differential.
They need to upset the Sea Eagles at Brookvale and beat struggling Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium to ensure a finals berth.
A slip-up on Friday night could open the door for the Tigers, the Raiders, or both, to leapfrog the Broncos and possibly force them out of the top eight.
The Tigers close out the regular season away to the Sydney Roosters and then at home against the Melbourne Storm.
The Raiders host the Canterbury Bulldogs on Friday night, then cross the ditch to take on the New Zealand Warriors in round 26.
A home final is a mathematical possibility for the Broncos, who would have to win both of their remaining games and hope that the Cronulla Sharks lose to the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys.
While Glenn was determined to keep the Broncos' destiny in their own hands, he admitted some personal locker-room pride would also be on the line for the rest of the season.
“Me and Gerard Beale, the past couple of years, have had a go at each other about scoring, and he got me last year so hopefully I can keep above him this year,” he said.
But friendly competition aside, Glenn said the Broncos remained united despite a losing streak that stretched to five games with a heart-breaking 19-18 loss to the Storm on Friday night.
“We are just keeping our heads high,” he said. “We know the last few weeks we've played the top teams and the boys have played very well, very strong.
“It was just those little one per centers towards the end that gave the game away.”