Walker laughs off 'embarrassing' foot injury
Amid the carnage of Manly's huge 40-6 loss to the Storm at AAMI Park last week was a concerning foot injury to electric centre Dylan Walker but despite sporting a moon boot at a Manly media session on Tuesday, Walker says he is good to go.
The 22-year-old has had a resurgent season for the Sea Eagles back at his preferred right centre position but was forced from the field in the 58th minute against the Storm last week.
Walker insisted it was just bruising from being stepped on during the match and was in no doubt to face the Roosters back at Lottoland this Sunday.
"I got stood on during the week in last Sunday's game and it was a bit sore to run on so they had to make a call pretty quickly [whether to leave me on or take me off]," Walker said.
"It's just bone bruising, I got the scans done [on Monday] and it was just swelling and bruising. I was pretty embarrassed coming off like that but it will be all right."
Walker praised the medical and coaching staff's quick decision making and focus on player welfare despite his disappointment at not finishing the game, adding he was relieved to learn later that any initial fears of a stress fracture had been allayed.
"Yeah that (a stress fracture) is what I didn't want to have. It's pretty good from the medical staff and coaching staff to pull me off and see I was in a bit of pain," Walker added. "I should be all right [to play on Sunday]."
Walker has been named at centre for the 2pm fixture in a line-up that sports few changes from the Storm loss; Shaun Lane has been named to start in the back row for Lewis Brown who is on the bench alongside Brad Parker and Lloyd Perret, who replace suspended prop Addin Fonua-Blake and utility Cam Cullen.