Morgan to be monitored by Cowboys
Cowboys star Michael Morgan has been named to take his place against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Morgan's comeback puts the Cowboys right back into the premiership frame after grave doubts around their credentials without the young trump card.
Last Tuesday North Queensland coach Paul Green said that the 23-year-old was running on an anti-gravity treadmill; seven days later Morgan was joining the playing group on the training track.
While seen to be favouring one leg during the session, Morgan was running quite freely.
"He has still got to finish the rest of the week off obviously and we've made some contingencies there in naming 19 [players to travel to Brisbane], but it's good to see him back out on the paddock," Green said on Tuesday.
"He's not too bad considering where he's at and the injury was only a couple of weeks ago so he's worked hard and the medical staff have done a good job too.
"If we decide to play him, he will go in with the expectation that he will do his job and part of that job is at times he has to kick the footy.
"Sometimes it's not often [that his job is to kick], but if it's his opportunity then yeah, absolutely."
While Morgan joined the group on Tuesday, key players Matt Scott and Lachlan Coote sat out the session due to soft tissue injuries.
Questions over Scott's welfare have popped up frequently since the Origin period, with the representative prop again leaving the field on Saturday with what appeared to be a facial injury, but returned to log 48 minutes in the game.
The 30-year-old is currently in the wars an ongoing neck issue combined with a lower back complaint and a corked thigh, but Green expects both men to return before the team flies out on Thursday
"They are just nursing a couple of soft tissue things there but I expect them to fully train on Thursday," he said
Should Morgan not be fit for battle on Saturday, Green has full faith in Ray Thompson who has filled Morgan's void at No. 6.
"'Morgo' has been a key player for us all year but in saying that we attacked really well on the weekend too," Green said.
"Given our travel schedule between those two games leading up to the Storm, Ray didn't have a lot of time; we only had one session really as a team.
"So you would expect him to not quite be 100 per cent sure playing such a key role as five-eighth. So he was a lot more comfortable for us last weekend and I think our attack showed that."