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NRL Premiership 
- Round 20
- North Queensland Cowboys V Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 
- 21 July 2016 
- 1300 Smiles Stadium, Qld 
- Scott Davis

Johnathan Thurston has not been named in the Cowboys’ line-up but coach Paul Green has refused to rule out his chief playmaker for Saturday night’s clash with Storm.

Thurston left the field in the 47th minute of North Queensland’s win over the Bulldogs with an apparent hamstring injury.

Quizzed by the media up north, the Cowboys mentor remained tight-lip as to the extent of Thurston’s injury.

“The scans have been fairly inconclusive with regards to the extent of the injury,” Paul Green said.

“There is something going on there in relation to his hamstring but it’s nothing too concerning at this stage.

“According to everyone else, he is going to be out for two games so I guess we will just see how that goes. We certainly won’t be taking any unnecessary risks with him.”

Be at AAMI Park when we take on the Rabbitohs, Saturday 6 August, 7:30pm.

North Queensland were adamant they always planned to give their captain some time away to recover after another gruelling Origin period.

It remains to be seen just how long that break will be.

“He has a few days rest which was always planned for him after the Origin period,” Green said.

“We were always looking to giving him some time away about now and so honestly, until he gets back from that and we get another look at him and get to talk to him about how he is feeling we won’t know much more.”

Storm head up to Townsville where a win will see them move four games clear inside the top two. 

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