Darius Boyd catches a high ball during a fitness test at the Broncos' training session.
Darius Boyd catches a high ball during a fitness test at the Broncos' training session. DAVE HUNT

Boyd hits training paddock in boost to Broncos

THE Broncos are increasingly confident champion skipper Darius Boyd will overcome a hamstring injury to play in Friday night's sudden-death finals clash with Penrith.

Boyd ramped up his recovery on Tuesday at Red Hill, taking part in a series of sprints before joining the squad to catch high balls in the most promising yet sign he will be fit to face the Panthers.

Coach Wayne Bennett said after last week's loss to the Roosters that Boyd was no certainty to take on the Panthers, but he is expected to be named when the Broncos officially release their squad on Tuesday afternoon.

Bennett also faces a conundrum with his playmaking spine as he chooses between Kodi Nikorima and Benji Marshall in the troublesome halfback spot.

If Boyd is cleared to return, Nikorima is likely to oust Marshall, who would return to the bench after his erratic display against the Roosters last week.

Veteran back-rower Alex Glenn said it was still too early to make a definitive call on Boyd, who had an injection in his hamstring last week to expedite his rehabilitation.

"It's hard to say," Glenn said.

"I'm not sure what is going through (Boyd's) head but it's great to see him out and about and running and doing a bit of fitness.

"He is testing his hammy and we will see how he pulls up tomorrow.

"I know he will run again on Thursday (at the captain's run). If he does play, it will add to our strike force and experience at the back.

"If he doesn't, I have all the faith and belief and Kodi as well."

Glenn admits it would be a risk to play Boyd if he isn't 100% fit.

"Darius brings a lot of experience to our team," he said.

"But we need him to be at his best going into the game confidently, not having second thoughts that if he sprints, he will do his hamstring."

News Corp Australia


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