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Cronk a ´long shot´ to play in NRL Grand Final

24 September 2018 06:32

Sydney Roosters star Cooper Cronk admits he is a "long shot" to play in the NRL Grand Final against the Melbourne Storm.

Cronk suffered a "severe" shoulder injury during the Roosters' 12-4 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs in their Preliminary Final on Saturday.

That has left the playmaker in doubt for Sunday's Grand Final against his former club at ANZ Stadium.

Wearing his shoulder in a sling as he faced a news conference on Monday, Cronk said he was unlikely to be fit for the decider.

"I don't know what my realistic chances are, but I'm a long shot, that's not lying," the two-time Dally M Medallist said.

"I'm not going to go into the details of the injury because at the moment, with all due respect, it's on a need-to-know basis and at the moment you don't need to know.

"But the idea is it's one hell of a game, I've got seven days, I'm going to do everything I possibly can to be right to play on Sunday."

Cronk won two premierships during his time in Melbourne, the club he left at the end of last season.

The 34-year-old said he would make a decision on his availability, along with coach Trent Robinson and other senior players.

"I like to think I'm not a selfish player and I know what I can do and what I can't do," Cronk said.

"I'll be strong enough to make the decision."

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