Benji Marshall has played down injury concerns surrounding Latrell Mitchell and Adam Reynolds following a training session.
Rabbitohs star Benji Marshall is expecting Latrell Mitchell and Adam Reynolds to play in Friday’s grudge match with the Roosters despite the pair being limited during today’s training session.
According to Nine News rugby league reporter Danny Weidler, Mitchell was seen leaving the training session early, while Reynolds was forced to undergo “individual fitness” duties with the main squad participating in contact drills.
Weidler also reported that winger Josh Mansour, who joined the club during the off-season after departing Penrith, could be considered for a recall after being dropped last week.
Reynolds missed nearly the entire second half of South Sydney’s win over Manly on Saturday after the halfback was taken off following a head knock, paving the way for Marshall to get a solid amount of game time under his belt in the halves.
Marshall, who’s been playing a bench role in the No.14 jersey, said he expects both Reynolds and Mitchell to be fit and ready for the blockbuster clash with the Roosters.
The NRL great revealed Mitchell was told by coach Wayne Bennett to take a break and finish training early, while Reynolds’ initial diagnosis on Saturday wasn’t a true reflection of how he really felt.
“Latrell is fine, and that guy has got Wayne wrapped around his little finger. I’m 36 and I can’t even get an early mark,” Marshall said.
“Wayne told him to go off and have a rest. The first two rounds he showed how important he is to us. His stats alone especially in attack, have been impressive, but I really like what he has done for us defensively.
“I won’t be starting, Reynolds is fine, he’s all good,” Marshall added.
“I think he could have come back on the field, but they left me out there to finish the game.”
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