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Jamie Lyon's rapid recovery lifts Sea Eagles' spirits after tough season start

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  1. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Manly holds out hope that international Jamie Lyon will play against Newcastle on Sunday after X-rays showed no significant damage to his left knee.

    Lyon hobbled from the field during the 12-10 loss to Penrith on Monday night and sat with his left leg in a brace in the dressing-room with suspected medial ligament damage.

    The diagnosis was between two to six weeks on the sidelines.

    But medical staff were surprised when Lyon walked into the Sea Eagles' rehabilitation rooms on Tuesday with no limp and only a little swelling around the knee.

    Preliminary X-rays were positive but Lyon underwent a deeper tissue MRI scan with results due back on Wednesday.

    The 2008 premiers are searching for their first win of the season, while off-field dramas continue to trouble the club.

    A Manly football club board meeting on Wdnesday night is expected to hear a no-confidence motion lodged by the Max Delmege faction against his co-owner Scott Penn, who is also board chairman. The two have been at loggerheads over the financial direction of the club.

    Elsewhere, Weller Hauraki returns from a two-week suspension (grapple) and slots into the starting side, partnering Nathan Hindmarsh in Parramatta's second-row against Sydney Roosters. That means Joe Galuvao is back to the bench as the Eels try to retain the Jack Gibson Cup it won 28-24 last year.

    Frank-Paul Nuuausala and Shane Shackleton have been promoted from the Roosters bench to start at prop and second row for Nate Myles and Willie Mason, who are being disciplined for breaking the club's alcohol rules. Jake Friend returns to the 17 after a two-match ban for drink-driving.

    Josh Dugan moves up from the Toyota Cup to make his NRL debut for Canberra at full-back on Monday against the Cowboys in Canberra. Also searching for that first win of the season, like Manly, Canberra skipper Alan Tongue (shoulder) returns, while winger Adrian Purtell is back after being dropped for last week's Parramatta match.

    Preston Campbell retains the half-back role against Melbourne on Saturday night in an unchanged Gold Coast Titans side, while coach John Cartwright has given Scott Prince (hamstring) another week to recover.

    Nathan Merritt is back from suspension and Rhys Wesser from injury as South Sydney travel to Mt Smart Stadium to take on the Warriors next Sunday. Craig Wing, who scored two tries in the Rabbitohs' win over Newcastle last Sunday in his comeback match from pre-season surgery, remains on the bench.
  2. Pearso

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    Todays manly daily had an article saying he was fit and will play.
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