The NRL match review committee could solve what South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has termed a “very good” dilemma ahead of their crunch final round clash with arch rivals the Sydney Roosters.
Captain John Sutton is set to return from a knee injury for the round 26 match with the premiers on Thursday, leaving Maguire with a headache over his halves pairing following Adam Reynolds’ and Luke Keary’s match winning efforts in the 21-14 win over Canterbury.
But with Reynolds facing a dangerous throw charge, emanating from a second half tackle on Moses Mbye, the choice could be made for Maguire.
Issac Luke faces scrutiny too after also being placed on report early in the match for lashing out at Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis in the play the ball.
Maguire described Sutton as “touch and go” to take the field against the world champions.
“He has been training well,” he said.
“It was a significant injury. It’s mending really well.”
When asked about his halves dilemma, Maguire said: “it’s a very good one (to have)”.
Stand-in skipper Greg Inglis (hip) and Sam Burgess (hip/knee) both battled through injuries to complete the win over the Dogs, which lifted Souths to the competition lead, but are expected to be fit to meet the Roosters.
But Burgess said he was unlikely to train fully in the lead-up.
“It’s not a matter of not being fit, it is a matter of managing things,” Burgess said.
“I’m feeling busted up, but a lot of players are like that this time of year and I’m not looking for any sympathy.
“The knee, the knee cap is the biggest problem at the moment, it is not loose and it is not fractured it is just a bit sore.
“We’ve got a big game against the Roosters and I’ll just be concentrating on getting it right for that.”