BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: Boyd Cordner of the Blues looks on during game one of the 2019 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 05, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Boyd Cordner is the latest name to be added to Sydney’s growing injury list, after the New South Wales captain suffered an ankle injury during Wednesday nights Origin I clash.

Cordner is in serious doubt to miss Sunday’s clash against Penrith, who are searching for a third-straight win, and adds to the ongoing headaches within the Roosters’ camp.

The 26-year-old joins Luke Keary (concussion), Jake Friend (bicep) and Latrell Mitchell (rest) on the torrid injury list for the premiers, who are looking to bounce back from consecutive losses.

“I will just see how it feels, I’ll see how the ankle pulls up,” Cordner told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I’ll go and see the Roosters and see what they think.

“It was right to play through so I don’t think there was too much damage there. It will just be about how it pulls up I suppose.”

Roosters coach Trent Robinson will likely head into the weekend with a depleted squad, which has been the story for his sides season-to-date. Sydney have played with their first-string spine of Keary, Friend, James Tedesco and Cooper Cronk on just the one occasional this season, occurring in round one.

“We’ve been dealing with that all year to tell you the truth. We haven’t had a full-strength team since round one, I don’t think,” Cordner said.

“We’ve been dealing with it and that’s footy. We have to deal with it again and just keep turning up.

“Rugby league throws some pretty heavy curve balls at you at times. It’s just how you deal with it. We will be right.”
While Robinson will likely be unable to select the pairing of Mitchell and Cordner, the Roosters coach will have Angus Crichton ready after the 23-year-old declared himself a starer for the weekend.
Crichton managed 51 minutes on Wednesday night, and is confident he can carry his form back into the league against the Panthers.

“Every game in the NRL is always tough. It’s just a few little more road bumps along the way,” Crichton said.

“It’s all part of the game and something that us, as NRL players, have to eat up. We have to relish it.”

Crichton has set his sights on Origin II, in Perth, with the Blues needing a victory to prevent handing over the shield in the second game of the series.

“It wasn’t good enough on the night but that’s the beauty of this,” he said.

“There are three games to be played and we have no other option but to get up for game two in Perth.

“We’ll all go back and play for our clubs and play the best footy that we can for our clubs to make sure we get back into the squad again.

“They were good but we need to be better.”