Scott & Wright in doubt to face Eels
Cowboys prop Matt Scott and winger Matthew Wright are in doubt for Monday's clash with Parramatta at 1300SMILES Stadium after injury forced both men from the field in their 30-12 win at Brookvale Oval.
Scott appeared to do damage while tackling Manly prop Josh Starling in the 45th minute, limping away from the three-man tackle involving Scott Bolton and John Asiata.
The innocuous incident is of little concern to the coaching staff, which have been given the perfect opportunity to rest the already ailing Scott ahead of North Queensland's five-day turnaround between Parramatta and Canberra home games.
"I don’t think it's major so it's just a matter of seeing what the scan comes up with and what the doctors say, so until that we don't know," assistant coach David Furner said upon arrival at Townsville airport on Tuesday.
"I think it was just a twist in the tackle. I know he tried to run on it and he was going to go back on, but the call by the medical staff and obviously 'Greeny' was to not send him back on.
"If there is any risk I would imagine that Matty wouldn't play [against Parramatta]."
Meanwhile Wright suffered a deep laceration to his left hand in a tackle after being stepped on by Manly prop Willie Mason who was recovering to take his place at marker.
The unfortunate incident occurred just three minutes from full-time and while there is no major damage, the injury he sustained puts him in doubt to face the Eels.
"It was a deep laceration, it was a freak accident," Furner said.
"I think the first worry was that there were some tendons involved – the wound was that deep – but that wasn't the case and it got stitched up, so he has a very sore hand.
"I think he will be all right [for the Parramatta game]. There is a bit of swelling on there but other than that he will be okay."
Both men are tentative inclusions for Monday night, with Scott's likely replacement being 18th man Sam Hoare, and Wright's being either Kyle Feldt or Javid Bowen, who would potentially make his NRL debut.
At this point, the Cowboys will run on unchanged except for James Tamou who returns from suspension, which forces Hoare to 18th man.