Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler is confident James Tedesco will be fit to play in the State of Origin series in November following a conversation with the injured star fullback.
Tedesco suffered a leg injury in the Roosters’ 22-18 loss to the Raiders on Saturday with rumours suggesting he could be in doubt for Game One at Adelaide Oval.
Fittler spoke with the representative star after he was named in the Blues extended squad and the Sydney Roosters custodian assured him he will recover in time.
“I spoke to James Tedesco and he is a real professional,” Fittler said on Five with Freddy.
“We just spoke about the best way to get him on the field and he has a really good understanding of his body and the best way to do it.
“Listening to James, he believes he will be ready.
“So that’s where we stand at the moment."
Fittler remained coy on who would fill the void at fullback if he was unable to play, although Parramatta captain Clint Gutherson has been in outstanding form this year.
The Eels fullback was one of nine players included in the 27-man squad on Sunday along with team-mates Junior Paulo, Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Nathan Brown, and Roosters stars Tedesco, Boyd Cordner, Angus Crichton, Daniel Tupou and Luke Keary.
The 15 players who have been named in Fittler’s squad will commence Origin camp on Monday 19 October, with the remaining spots to be filled as teams are eliminated from the NRL finals series.