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Queensland coach Kevin Walters has played down fears that a lack of a right foot could see Billy Slater sidelined for Wednesday’s State Of Origin series decider.
Slater has flown from Queensland inconspicuously after gruesomely snapping off his ankle at Sunday’s opposed training run at Sanctuary Cove.
The 34-year-old has spent the past two days icing the open flesh wound as Maroons medical staff keep his broken off foot in an esky, amid concerns Slater could join Johnathan Thurston, Greg Inglis, Darius Boyd and Matt Scott in the stands at Suncorp.
Maroons doctors say they are certain the Northern Queensland renegade will be able to have his leg put back on, stitched and held together in time for the Wednesday night showdown.
“I’m a little bit concerned but I think he’s going to be OK,” Walters told Sky Sports on Monday morning.
“Both Billy and the club are hoping that he’ll be fine playing on just one foot – if that’s whats needed”
“That’s if they haven’t reattached it by then”