NRL Rd 23 - Panthers v Rabbitohs
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 20: Nathan Cleary of the Panthers is tackled by Cameron Murray of the Rabbitohs during the round 23 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium, on August 20, 2021, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Penrith Panthers star halfback Nathan Cleary has been sent to the hospital for scans, sending a scare through the club.

As reported by News Corp, it is understood that Cleary suffered a finger injury at training and was then sent to the hospital to undergo scans on the severity of the injury.

The publication has reported that the scans cleared the halfback of any severe damage, and Penrith officials are confident he will be cleared to line up against the Melbourne Storm on Friday evening.

The news regarding Cleary comes after Brian To'o backed five-eighth Jarome Luai to make his return to the field this weekend after sustaining a dislocated shoulder injury in the Round 26 match against the Parramatta Eels.

“He's been training well. Just given the nature of his injury, he's been going well so far. It's good to see him back on the field again, it's a miracle he's back so soon and back on the field playing,” To'o told News Corp.

In other injury news at the Panthers, it is understood that Izack Tago is highly unlikely to play and will be replaced by Luke Garner in the centres.

“It just depends, he's got some niggles but I'd probably rule him out,” To'o said.

State of Origin - QLD v NSW: Game 1
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 04: Nathan Cleary of the Blues offloads the ball during game one of the 2020 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at the Adelaide Oval on November 04, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)