16 Feb 2011

Manly won't risk injured stars in trial game

3:25 pm on 16 February 2011

Manly are unlikely to risk injured trio Jamie Lyon, Shane Rodney and Brett Stewart in next weekend's NRL rugby league trial match against the Warriors in New Zealand.

The club will find out the seriousness of Jamie Lyon's strained ankle ligaments on Wednesday, but they are prepared to give him as much rest as possible before their season-opener against Melbourne on March the 12th.

Coach Des Hasler says Lyon, who injured the troublesome ankle in the first half of Saturday's NRL All Stars clash on the Gold Coast, was not in doubt for round one.

In better news for the club, cult hero George Rose will not miss any football despite suffering a broken nose in the All Stars game.

Rodney and Stewart, who are both coming off knee injuries that ended their seasons in 2010, are progressing as expected and Hasler's hopeful both will take their places against Melbourne - though neither should feature in the New Zealand fixture on February 26.