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Scott in line for return


Aug 5, 2004
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Scott in line for return



GEARING UP ... Matt Scott could be be on board
for the Cowboys this weekend

PROP Matt Scott could make his return from injury this weekend as the Cowboys sweat on the result of MRI scans on Carl Webb's injured ankle.

Scott had his first complete session for the club since he was cut down with injury in North Queensland's round three loss to the Brisbane Broncos.

He had a pin inserted in his ankle and is expected to make his return to first grade against the Warriors on Saturday week.

Webb had MRI scans on his ankle yesterday and is likely to be ruled out for the next six to eight weeks with a syndesmosis injury.

The results of the scan are expected to be known today.

Scott could prove to a logical inclusion in the Cowboys line-up to travel to New Zealand and will be monitored this week.

The players are off duty until Sunday, but the injured squad _ including Scott _ will continue to train this week.

He will play in the Queensland Cup this weekend if he can prove his fitness is up to the mark.

"I don't where he's at, he trained today with us, we're just going to see how he cools down over the next couple of days," coach Ian Millward said.

"If he cools down OK he'll play this week at Mackay, if he doesn't he'll play the following week."

Scott's availability could prove invaluable for the club in the coming weeks with Webb and fellow forward Matt Bartlett (shoulder) both in doubt to take on the Warriors.

Millward conceded he would struggle to field a team with the injury crisis sinking to its worst point yet this season. But he said he would not rush Scott back if he was not fit.

"I don't know, mate, with our record the first thing we've got to do is fill the 17 up," he said.

"It is (a relief) but we've got to get him fit first.

"He's a very good player but like any forward we've just to get some mileage under his belt."

Scott resumed training with the first-grade squad last week in bursts but spent most of his time on the sideline working on his fitness.

He has been plagued with swelling in the injured ankle which has reduced his capacity to run.

But he managed to get through a complete contact session yesterday and Millward said the ankle had survived its first major test.

"(Yesterday) has been a major one for him, he come through not too bad," he said. "It's just a bit early to tell yet. It wasn't too bad, there was a fair bit of contact there, yeah.''