The fitness of returning second-rower Curtis Sironen is not a concern for Manly Coach Trent Barrett ahead of tomorrow’s massive clash against Penrith at Lottoland.
Sironen makes a welcome return to the Sea Eagles team after overcoming a pectoral injury suffered in the round 16 victory over Cronulla.
The powerful ball runner and strong defender scored his fifth try in 14 games this season before suffering the injury.
“He wouldn’t be playing him if he wasn’t 100 per cent fit,’’ Barrett said today.
“Curtis has done everything the medical staff has asked of him and he has come through really well.
“He was having a terrific year for us prior to his injury. It certainly is good to get some quality players back at this time of the year. He has worked really hard to get back in the 10 weeks.
“His talk is really important for us on that right edge and all of the boys are pretty happy to have him back.
“I certainly wouldn’t be risking a player in such a big game because the blokes who have been in there have been doing a good job. Shaun Lane has done a terrific job. We are happy to have Siro back.”
Barrett also backed Sironen to play the full 80 minutes.
“The medical staff and the rehab staff do a good job simulating games at training, so we are confident he has enough running under him to get through the whole game,’’ Barrett added.
“He is important to the team.”
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