Penrith Panthers' representative forward will have two games to push for a New South Wales State of Origin jumper with confirmation he will return on Friday evening in Round 11 against the Sydney Roosters.

Martin has only managed three games for the Panthers this season - the opening two Rounds of the season, and then against the Newcastle Knights in Round 7.

He was named on the reserves for the Panthers this week with Ivan Cleary leaving the door open for a potential return, and that has now been locked in with both Jack Cogger and Liam Henry dropping out of the NRL side' 19-man squad to play in the NSW Cup fixture against the Sydney Roosters, which kicks off at 5:30pm (AEST).

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It's a major boost for the Panthers, with the club losing Spencer Leniu to a painful injury late in the piece this week.

Martin, who played State of Origin last year, will now have Friday's game against the Roosters, as well as next week's clash with the Brisbane Broncos to prove he is still worthy of a spot in the Origin side when it is named on May 21 ahead of the series opener in Adelaide on May 31.

It's unclear whether Martin will start or come off the bench at this stage, with the representative forward, who was also part of Mal Meninga's Australian Rugby League World Cup squad last year, able to play in the middle and the edge.

Henry, who he will effectively replace, was originally named to play off the bench in the absence of Leniu, so a like for like swap would leave Martin on the pine, however, the more likely result may be Martin replacing either Scott Sorensen or Zac Hosking on the edge in the starting side.

Final 17s for the match will be confirmed at 7pm (AEST), an hour before kick-off.