Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson admits star five-eighth Luke Keary will have to tick a lot of boxes to play in their Anzac Day clash with St George Illawarra on Thursday.
Keary was forced from the ground with a concussion in the second half of his side's 21-20 win over Melbourne Storm in golden point on Friday night.
While Latrell Mitchell impressed after once again being pitch-forked into the five-eighth role, including kicking the match-winning golden point, Keary was one of the Roosters' best as they built a 20-0 lead in the first 30 minutes.
But he went down with in a sickening clash of heads with Storm fullback Jahrome Hughes, who was able to keep playing without any apparent issues.
Robinson said Keary faced a difficult task to prove his fitness but would be given every chance to do so.
"He is in good spirits but wasn't good enough to go back on," Robinson said.
"It's six days so he will have to nail every day to get right for Anzac Day. I wouldn't know how he will be tomorrow [Saturday] but he will have to improve every day."
The Roosters faced some adversity pre-game with prop Siosiua Taukeiaho forced to withdraw after the warm-ups because of a tight back.
That forced the Roosters to change their starting side and bring in 18th man Josh Curran for his first game, joining fellow debutant Sam Verrills and second-gamer Sitili Tupouniua on the bench.
“Ive had to talk about this a bit in the first few rounds as we have had a lot of those instances where things have happened,” Robinson said.
“I want to work towards stopping all those things happening but we are not going to make excuses for anything that happens, so when Siosiua said 45 minutes before the game, 'My back is no good",Read More – Source