Back in business: Boyd Cordner is set for a surprise run. Photo: Getty Images
Injured Sydney Roosters back-rower Boyd Cordner is on the verge of a shock return from a serious ankle injury before the side's preliminary final against Newcastle on Saturday night.
Cordner hasn't played since suffering a high-ankle sprain in the round 22 clash against Canberra.
Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello was hopeful Cordner would make his comeback a game before the grand final.
''I think he is looking OK,'' Minichiello said.
''I think he has had a run and seems OK. We don't know what the medical staff are looking at. We're hoping he can play.''
The Roosters haven't settled on a replacement for Cordner on the left edge since his injury. The likes of Aidan Guerra, Mitchell Aubusson and Dylan Napa have all spent time in the back row in recent weeks.
Cordner's addition would be a timely boost to bolster an already impressive defensive unit, while his angled running has been missed.
The injury came at a cruel time for the Roosters vice-captain after a breakthrough season, culminating in a NSW debut from the interchange bench in Origin III.
''It'll be a big boost if he can come back,'' Minichiello said. ''We've got other players there that can cover it, but it'll be a huge boost.
''I think [he is a chance to play]. I don't have the full details. I think he still has a few days of testing. He'll probably increase that over this week.''
The Roosters will welcome back firebrand forward Jared Waerea-Hargreaves from suspension to face the Knights, while fellow prop Sam Moa should be fit despite dislocating his knee cap in the Roosters' 4-0 win against Manly.
Moa returned to the field in the second half of that game after his knee popped back in.