Ian McCullough, AAP
Boyd Cordner is set to put his name back into contention for a spot in the NSW side when he makes a shock return for the Sydney Roosters against Manly on Friday.
The representative back-rower trained on Monday after recovering from ankle syndesmosis - suffered in the Roosters' defeat to North Queensland last month - four weeks earlier than expected.
The 22-year-old, who made his Blues debut in game three last year, could be in line to replace the suspended Anthony Watmough on July 9 when coach Laurie Daley names his side next Tuesday.
Cordner's Roosters teammate Sam Moa admits he's been stunned by his swift recovery with the initial diagnosis ruling him out for up to three months.
"He's good to go and is back in full training today," Moa said.
"He's got some magical healing powers that kid, it just shows his character and his professionalism and hopefully we see him out with us against Manly on Friday."
Cordner will be put through a rigorous workout to ensure he's fit to face the Sea Eagles and Moa said his return would be a huge boost for club and state.
"If he's strings together a few games then there is no reason why he shouldn't play Origin," Moa said.
"I think if he didn't get injured then he would have started the series. He's a tough player and a very good player and hopefully we can see him out there in game three.
"He's such a determined character and hates missing games and he'll be itching to play game three and for the Roosters on Friday."