Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith has given the strongest indication yet that Daly Cherry-Evans will play in Sunday’s must-win match against England at AAMI Park.
The Australian five-eighth has seemingly trained well after returning to camp following the berth of his second child.
“When he got back into camp yesterday morning I spoke to him and asked him how he was travelling,” Smith said.
“Having to do a lot of recovery for his injury, and then obviously flying back to Sydney for the berth of his second child, that’s a big part of anyone’s life.
“He was really good yesterday. I was surprised how well he settled back into camp. He trained really well I thought.
“We have another run tomorrow and if he trains well there he’ll be in the team.”
Kangaroos assistant coach David Furner is likewise confident of the ace playmaker’s fitness and has tipped him to play.
“He had a run yesterday, so we’re expecting him to play,” Furner said.
“DCE trained quite well and I think he’ll have a really good, full hit out tomorrow to make sure that’s right.
“He’s had a pretty large week but that’s probably something last week we did miss. Having DCE go off the field, and obviously GI, it sort of re-shuffled our side a little bit and left us a little under-strength.
“It’s good to have him back.”