Cleared: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is a likely starter in the World Cup final. Photo: Getty Images
LONDON: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been cleared of a fractured leg and fellow New Zealand winger Manu Vatuvei is also confident of returning for the World Cup final against Australia at Old Trafford.
Tuivasa-Sheck had an x-ray on his left shin on Sunday after reporting that he had heard a crack late in the Kiwis stunning 20-18 defeat of England and returned to the team's London hotel sporting a wide grin as he told coach Stephen Kearney the good news.
The 20-year-old Sydney Roosters star still had his leg in a moon boot but no longer required the crutches he was sporting after Saturday's epic encounter at Wembley, in which he scored two tries.
He will need to pass a fitness test but is confident of doing so and in a further boost for the Kiwis, Vatuvei told Fairfax Media he was likely to be fit after missing the semi-final with a groin injury suffered in the previous weekend's 40-4 defeat of Scotland.
"I am a good chance of coming back next week, I've just got to do everything right and hopefully make sure I am fit to play," Vatuvei said.
"I hate sitting on the sidelines and missing the game but you have got to do what is right for the team and I have done what I have to do to look after myself."
The giant winger said it had been tough watching the gripping clash between New Zealand and England, and admitted he had thought his World Cup campaign was over until halfback Shaun Johnson scored with 20 seconds remaining on the clock.
"To be honest I thought it was over but I was just hoping and praying the boys could do it and they did," Vatuvei said.
"We got down their end and had one more chance and it was just an awesome play that came out of nothing. Sonny Bill [Williams] did two hit ups and he got up and did another one and he got a penalty, and the boys built on that.
"It just shows how much he means to the team and the boys went from there. Shaun was just unbelievable with his step, we are just lucky to have him in our team."
If both Tuivasa-Sheck and Vatuvei are fit, St George Illawarra winger Jason Nightingale will drop out of the New Zealand team.
Canterbury forward Frank Pritchard remains in doubt after missing the semi-final win with a hamstring injury, with Brisbane's Alex Glenn likely to again play in his place.