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Inside the NRL: Queensland suffer a huge setback
Last Updated: 29/05/17 1:42pm
Jenna Brooks has the latest from the NRL as Queensland suffer a huge setback, plus James Graham injury concerns.
Johnathan Thurston will miss his first Origin game since 2004, after the veteran playmaker was ruled out of the Queensland side due to a shoulder injury sustained in Australia's Test win over New Zealand earlier this month.
Thurston confirmed that at this stage there was no need for surgery, but expressed his disappointment.
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He said: "Obviously I'm devastated. I love everything about the Origin campaign, the build up, the final training run, the buzz around the city, the town and wherever you are. It's devastating not to be a part if it when the two-minute bell goes."
Thurston admitted there was no guarantee he would be fit in time for Game II. "Fingers crossed," he added. "I'm hoping to be back for the Eels game, but if it's not right then I won't be putting myself or the team at risk."
Thurston's absence means Anthony Milford will come into the side and make his Origin debut.
The Bulldogs have concerns over their captain James Graham after he suffered a neck injury and was forced to leave the pitch 20 minutes into Saturday's defeat to Cronulla.
Canterbury coach Des Hasler is confident the Englishmen will be fit in time for Sunday's game against Penrith.
Hasler said: "He's got a neck injury but he will be okay.
"He was okay during the week, I don't think it is anything major and we've got a long turnaround until Sunday and we will need it with a few [others] banged up."
Cronulla captain Paul Gallen has helped the Sharks to a come-from-behind win against the Bulldogs.
Gallen set up Chad Townsend for the 77th-minute drop goal that sealed the 9-8 win.
The former NSW captain's contract is up at the end of the year and Gallen has been linked with a move to Super League, but the 35-year old has hinted at playing on with the Sharks.
He said: "I haven't signed but I've spoken to the club. It'll happen, I think.
"There's no reason why I can't keep playing. I'm still doing what I did two, three, four or five years ago."
Former St Helens grand final winner Jordan Turner returns to Super League after signing a three-and-a-half year deal with Huddersfield.
Turner, who joined Canberra at the start of the year for pre-season training, was released from the club with immediate effect, after failing to force his way into their first team.
The 28-year old said the deal was too good to turn down: "I've enjoyed my time with the Raiders and will take the experience with me as I return to the Super League,"
"I want to thank everyone at the Raiders and most of all the players for making me feel welcome while I've been in Canberra."