Roosters superstar Luke Keary is in doubt for the World Club Challenge clash against Wigan due to a leg injury.
Keary finished last season as one of the form players of the NRL, capped by his Clive Churchill medal-winning performance in the grand final win against Melbourne. The pivot is believed to have recently suffered a calf injury that could rule him out of the traditional pre-season encounter, although he is expected to be fully fit for the round-one blockbuster against arch rivals South Sydney.
Injury concern: Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary could miss the match against Wigan.Credit:AAP
If Keary is ruled out, his replacement is expected to be Lachlan Lam after the tricolours opted not to consider Newcastle recruit Brock Lamb. It would place further responsibility on Cooper Cronk, who wrote himself into folklore after battling through the decider with an injured shoulder, to call the shots.
Lam’s elevation would add further intrigue to the game, given the 20-year-old is the son of Warriors coach Adrian Lam, himself a former Roosters player and coach.
If Lam jnr – who coincidentally played his first game of rugby league for the famous Wigan St Pats club while Adrian was finishing his playing career with the Warriors – was to make his debut, he would experience something his father never did during an illustrious playing career.
‘‘It’s probably one area I regret,’’ Adrian Lam told NRL.com. ‘‘I did just about everything else in the game of rugby league except for play in this World Club Challenge. If he gets the opportunity to do that it’d be amazing for him as his debut.’’
If Keary is missing, it would be a significant blow to the Roosters’ chances of taking out a fourth WCC title. League Immortal Andrew Johns last week predicted a huge season for Keary, believing he would press for State of Origin honours.
‘‘Keary excites me,’’ Johns said.
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