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South Sydney fullback Greg Inglis has indicated he might be fit in time for Origin II despite suffering an ankle injury in Saturday night's win against the Warriors in Perth.
Inglis returned to Sydney with this 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 clutches at his leg while being treated by Rabbitohs medicos in Perth. Photo: Getty Images
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]."
Greg Inglis' Instagram post on the flight back to Sydney from Perth. Photo: Instagram
Queensland's hopes of squaring the State of Origin ledger against NSW were dealt a huge blow. 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. He was helped from the field and Rabbitohs officials quickly declared he would be out for the rest of the game. An injury-depleted Souths side overcame a slow start to win 34-18 over the Warriors, scoring 28 successive points before Konrad Hurrell scored a consolation try at the death for the Warriors.
Initial reports were that Inglis had suffered ankle syndesmosis injury, which normally results in at least a month on the sidelines, as many as eight weeks in some cases.
The Maroons, who lost the first State of Origin match 12-8 last month at Suncorp Stadium, were already battling a mounting injury toll with fullback Billy Slater in doubt for game two with a shoulder injury and halfback Cooper Cronk ruled out of the series with a broken arm suffered in the early exchanges in the series opener.
Queensland skipper Cameron Smith has been carrying an ankle injury he picked up in the loss to NSW while replacement halfback Daly Cherry-Evans, who played most of the first match after Cronk was forced off, re-injured his left knee after copping a heavy hit from Bulldogs behemoth Sam Kasiano during Manly's win over Canterbury at Brookvale Oval on Friday night.
There have been reports suggesting the Origin trophy holders were considering switching Inglis to five-eighth to partner Johnathan Thurston in the halves if Cherry-Evans was unavailable. Inglis was also being tipped to move to fullback if Slater was ruled out.
Maroons selectors, looking to preserve the state's unprecedented winning streak which stretches back to their 2006 series victory, may be forced to bring in several new faces for the ANZ Stadium clash.
Broncos halfback Ben Hunt, Canberra fullback Anthony Milford, Roosters hooker Jake Friend, Storm centre Will Chambers and Titans forward Dave Taylor are some of the candidates pushing for selection.
Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday is a definite starter for Origin II after missing the series opener with a calf complaint.
with Michael Chammas