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Storm Captain Cameron Smith says the Club are hopeful winger Marika Koroibete will be ready for Saturday night’s Preliminary Final.

Overcoming a cut to his achilles, Koroibete has a race against time to line-up for Melbourne in their sudden-death showdown with the Cowboys at AAMI Park.

“We’re hopeful,” Smith said on Friday.

“We’re still not sure where he will be at. He was out there today, he came out and trained for about 10 or 15 minutes just to see where he was at.

“He was doing a little bit of running. I think at the moment the coach is seeing where he is at tomorrow, his soreness levels and how he pulls up.

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“Let’s hope he pulls up okay tomorrow and gives the coach the thumbs up.”

If the Fijian flyer was not to take his place in the line-up, the Storm Captain said Craig Bellamy had an able replacement in Victorian Young Tonumaipea waiting in the wings.

“For the last two weeks we’ve had Young Tonumaipea training in that position and he’s been there every session so he’s ready to go,” Smith said.

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