CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Joey Leilua of the Raiders celebrates with team mate Emre Guler at full time following the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Canberra Raiders and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at GIO Stadium on September 27, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Raiders centre Joseph Leilua has reportedly avoided straining his calf and remains a chance to line up in Sunday’s decider against the Roosters.

The 27-year-old will reportedly undergo a rigorous training and rehab schedule throughout the week as Canberra gives him every chance to overcome the damaged blood vessel in his calf which cut short his preliminary final.

The calf setback continues a frustrating season for Leilua, who missed almost four months after suffering a serious neck injury.

Meanwhile, hooker Josh Hodgson and fullback Jack Wighton are expected to overcome their respective minor injury complaints to feature in the grand final.

Sydney five-eighth Luke Keary has been carrying a suspected sprain to his ankle which isn’t expected to prevent him from playing, while captain Jake Friend faces a race against the clock as he seeks to return from his own calf issue.

The Roosters defeated the Raiders by six points in round nine, and by four points in round 21.


  1. And is that a good thing re Leilua?
    If he’s on song it’s obviously a huge bonus, but when he’s not, he’s not and can cost the game.
    He reminds me of Shandow, albeit he’s a better player when he’s on song.

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