New South Wales Blues centre Mark Gasnier has reportedly suffered a hamstring injury and has been ruled out for a minimum of two weeks. The St George Illawarra Dragons skipper will miss State of Origin II on June 11 after scans yesterday revealed a slight tear in the left hammstring.
Gasnier's injury could lead to Manly Sea Eagles centre Jamie Lyon being called up into the NSW side. Alternatively Parramatta Eels winger Jarryd Hayne is considered a chance to partner the Dragons' Matt Cooper in the centres.
Meanwhile, Queensland Maroons skipper Darren Lockyer may be back for Origin II, starting from the bench.
The Brisbane Broncos five-eighth has been named as a likely starter for Friday night's clash against the Eels but has to yet to convince selectors he has overcome injuries.
Gold Coast Titans halfback Scott Prince is a better than even chance for a call up to partner the Cowboys' Johnathan Thurston in the halves. However, an out-of-form Thurston may be overlooked by Queensland selectors, opening the door for a Lockyer-Prince combination. Brisbane's Karmichael Hunt would play at fullback with Storm's Billy Slater moving to the wing
In the National Rugby League, the Bulldogs have lost back rower Sonny Bill Williams until round 15. Williams has a knee injury, adding the Bulldogs injury woes with props Jarrad Hickey (hamstring) and Chris Armit (knee) and winger Matt Utai (ribs) also sidelined.
The Bulldogs now have 10 regular first-graders unavailable while five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth (leg) in also in doubt for Saturday's clash against the Storm in Melbourne.