Robbie Kearns makes huge call on Roosters star Cooper Cronk’s injury
Former Melbourne Storm big man Robbie Kearns has made a huge call on Cooper Cronk’s injury, suggesting the Roosters superstar won’t play in the 2018 NRL Grand final.
Cronk has been in severe doubt all week after injuring his left rotator-cuff in his team’s eight-point preliminary final victory over South Sydney.
The marquee signing who was brought to the Chookpen to bring a premiership to Bondi was named in the reserves list, although he could force his way into the team for Sunday’s decider.
However, Kearns “can’t see” Cronk lining up on Grand final day.
“For him to have that shoulder injury last week, it’s devastating news for him and all those Roosters fans,” Kearns said.
“They obviously put massive hopes on him and James Tedesco, the off-season signings hoping they were going to bring them home a premiership.
“There’s talk that he may still play, I can’t see it.
“The way he was getting around the park in the last 30 minutes of that half of the game last week, it looked like his shoulder was about to fall off.
“Some of the players at the Storm think he may take the field which would be incredible.
“I can’t see it.”
Cronk – who spent 14 seasons with Melbourne – also apart of the elusive big three beside Billy Slater and Cameron Smith – played over 300 games for the club before making the move south this season.
He has played 22 matches for the Maroons and 38 Tests for the Kangaroos on top of winning two premierships with his former club.
He will be given until one hour before kick-off to prove his fitness.
If he doesn’t play, the likes of Ryan Matterson, Sean O’Sullivan or Victor Radley could force their way into the halves, despite Mitch Aubusson being named at halfback.