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Greg Inglis in doubt for State of Origin, but son's premature birth gives perspective

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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.

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.

Eventful week: Greg Inglis leaves the field on Saturday.

Eventful week: Greg Inglis leaves the field on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images

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.

Greg Inglis clutches at his leg while being treated on the pitch on Saturday night.

Greg Inglis clutches at his leg while being treated on the pitch on Saturday night. Photo: Getty Images

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 leaves the pitch on crutches.

Inglis leaves the pitch on crutches. Photo: Getty Images

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.

Greg Inglis' Instagram post on the flight back to Sydney from Perth.

Greg Inglis' Instagram post on the flight back to Sydney from Perth. Photo: Instagram

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."

7 comments so far

  • Hopefully Inglis will play in Origin II. When NSW win, I couldn't bear listening to the media muppets crapping on about an understrength QLD side. And we all know that's exactly what will happen.

    Commenter
    The Dog
    Location
    Haberfield
    Date and time
    June 09, 2014, 7:21AM
    • Well NSW only won game 1 because QLD were understrength, their halfback went off with a broken arm after 15 minutes. You take the halfback out of any team and they will most likely lose.

      Commenter
      Soot
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 09, 2014, 11:22AM
  • GI's son eligible to play SOO for Qld? Isn't that a bit "premature"?
    Just shows that being a Queenslander is a "state of mind".

    Commenter
    Phil J.
    Location
    Seaforth
    Date and time
    June 09, 2014, 9:29AM
    • Congratulations to NSW born GREG Inglis on the birth of his NSW born son.Now they can both play for Queensland and reinforce the stupidity of Origin football.There is such a dearth of good R.L. games that the organisers had to invent Origin,a three game competition that cannibalises the normal R.L. competition.Crowds are getting smaller and smaller in the regular comp.When star players are out,crowds do not come.As I have written before ,make Origin a true Origin.Where you are born is where you play.Only exceptions: 1) born on the NSW Queensland border,2) those born outside these two states whereby the player himself picks who he plays for and then remains in that camp.
      Also play Origin at the end of the season.Pick the national team after these matches.
      All this does not distract from the fact that G.I. should be a proud man at being a father.Congratulations to wife Sally for doing the hard yards in giving the birth.

      Commenter
      THE REALIST
      Location
      Japan
      Date and time
      June 09, 2014, 12:25PM
      • Phil J, who knows the son of Inglis might even be a ballet dancer instead, however the current rules will probably still apply when he reaches that age.. His father only plays for Qld because the Qld hierarchy had the foresight to look after him during his youth resulting in him playing some junior footy for Qld hence eligibility.

        Commenter
        DP
        Location
        GC
        Date and time
        June 09, 2014, 12:33PM
        • NSW won Origin 1.Got it Soot?Saying they would have lost in Cronk hadn't got injured is like saying NSW would have won the series last year if Hayne hadn't injured his hamstring.Get real and suck it up.

          Commenter
          Jacko
          Location
          NZ
          Date and time
          June 09, 2014, 1:23PM
          • You'll be right for game 2 GI. Gonna be a cracker of a game and Maroons to win..:)

            Commenter
            PUKPUK
            Location
            STAR MOUNTAINS, PNG
            Date and time
            June 09, 2014, 10:03PM

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