Penrith Panthers and NSW halfback Nathan Cleary is racing the clock to be fit after appearing to suffer a shoulder injury during NSW's 26-0 victory over Queensland.
The Panthers co-captain was visibly favouring his right shoulder after two separate incidents in the game that saw him requiring supportive strapping applied during the half time break.
Cleary has been fairly durable so far during his career and the five day turnaround will give him a fair chance at recovering to face the Eels on Friday night in front of what will now be an empty Penrith Stadium due to the Greater Sydney lockdown.
The question will be whether the Panthers choose to risk him or wrap in cotton wool in preparation for the finals.
Parramatta meanwhile are still assessing hooker Reed Mahoney who is on track for his own shoulder recovery.
Mahoney has repeatedly stated he will be ready for Penrith, although the Eels medical department has cautiously listed him for a round 18 return to give him the full benefit of both a week off and bye week, ensuring his fully fit for Parramatta's brutal run home.