The Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran has all but ruled himself out of Friday's grand final rematch with NRL league premiers the Sydney Roosters as he battles an ongoing calf complaint.
Foran suffered the injury in the Sea Eagles' gutsy round two win over South Sydney and was a late withdrawal from their last-minute victory over Parramatta on Sunday.
The Kiwis representative was hopeful of playing the Roosters but struggled to run on Tuesday at training.
Brett Stewart is unlikely to return from a hamstring injury he has had since round one and Jorge Taufua is probably still at least another week away from overcoming a shoulder injury.
Prop Jason King is another omission after he entered an early guilty plea to a grade one shoulder charge.
Foran says his side had proved already this year they can win with key players sidelined.