After suffering a wrist injury in game one of the State of Origin series, Knights front-rower David Klemmer is set to return for the third and final game on July 10th at ANZ Stadium.
He initially wasn’t expected to play for the rest of the series, but the fast-healing 25-year-old has had a much faster recovery time.
“I was told four to six weeks but the way things are tracking, I will be right for game three,” Klemmer told NRL.com.
“Obviously I would have loved to have been there and I tried everything I could to be there for game two, but I believe in the boys. We weren’t far off in game one, so I back them to get the job done in Perth and head back home to try and win the series,” he said.
NSW have made several changes for Sunday’s game two as they look to even the series, adding Klemmer’s Newcastle teammate Daniel Saifiti as well as Wade Graham, Dale Finucane and Tariq Sims.
Klemmer had high praise for Saifiti for his recent form and had full faith that he would continue that level pf play in the Blues jumper.
“If you look at our games over the past couple of months, Daniel’s a big reason for the success we’ve had,” Klemmer said.
“When I heard he was a chance I was that happy for him, but also confident for the Blues because I know what job he will do. He’s a big body and he won’t be afraid to take it to them.
“In Origin you need to be confident in your own ability and enjoy doing the hard stuff – that’s something he can do. I’m pumped for him. He won’t let anyone down I can tell you that much.”
Game two kicks off at 7:50 this Sunday at Optus stadium.