Greg Inglis is in doubt for Origin II but his life was put into perspective last week after the premature birth of his first child.
His wife Sally Inglis was due to give birth on the night of Origin II on June 18, raising question marks over Inglis' availability for the game at ANZ Stadium next Wednesday.
Rabbitohs overcome Warriors
Rabbitohs beat the Warriors after a strong second half for the South Sydney team.
However, Sally gave birth to a baby boy last Tuesday, and given the baby was two weeks premature, he has been in Sydney's Mater Hospital intensive care unit for the past week.
It is understood the health of Sally and her son are not a major concern, and the hospital is undertaking its usual procedures with premature babies.
However, the bad news for the Blues is that, despite being born in NSW, Inglis junior will be eligible to represent Queensland, given his father represented the Maroons.
Inglis has also had his fair share of medical examinations over the past 24 hours after suffering an ankle injury in South Sydney's victory against the Warriors in Perth on Saturday night.
Inglis went in for scans on the injured ankle on Sunday afternoon, but it is still expected to be named as part of an extended squad when the Maroons name their team on Monday.
Given the uncertainty over the fitness of Inglis, fullback Billy Slater and halfback Daly Cherry-Evans, the Maroons ae poised to unveil a 20 or 21-man squad for game two next Wednesday.
It is understood Melbourne's Will Chambers, Canberra's Anthony Milford, Brisbane's Ben Hunt and Roosters hooker Jake Friend could all be included in the squad set to be named on Monday as back-ups for the injured star trio.
Inglis limped off late in the first half of the clash with the Warriors at nib Stadium after suffering the injury in a tackle on Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei with Rabbitohs teammate Sam Burgess.
Inglis returned to Sydney with his teammates in the early hours of Sunday morning on crutches and with his leg in a moon boot.
Before flying out of Perth on Saturday night, Inglis posted a photo and video on Instagram giving Queensland hope that he will be fit for the must-win game at ANZ Stadium on June 18.
In the video he posted of himself, Inglis said: "It was a great win tonight, ankle should be sweet."
He then posted a photo on the plane with his foot in an ice machine saying: "#gameready #icemachine on the #redeye #flight home. No sleep, #recovery and plenty, plenty of icing this ankle."
He will have scans on his ankle in the next 24 hours, but when he touched down in Sydney he told The Footy Show "I always have hope but in the end I have to sit back and wait for [the results]."
After the game, South Sydney coach Michael Maguire confirmed Inglis had injured his ankle, but said the club doctors were unsure about the severity of the damage.
"It got twisted underneath the tackle, and the leg did get caught there. It’s not great at the moment," Maguire said.
"But he’s aggravated that same injury once before and he’s healed very quickly, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
"It was a game where we just had to fight until the death.
"We had no bench at one stage. I’m really proud of the team."
During Melbourne's loss to the Roosters on Sunday afternoon, Slater said he was still a chance of being fit in time for game two.
"It's coming along all right," Slater said. "It's improved a lot over the last week and a half. Hopefully, if it keeps improving, I'll give myself a chance for next Wednesday night."