Penrith Panthers rocked as Nathan Cleary is taken to hospital after suffering an injury at training

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  • Halfback suffered the injury at training on Monday 
  • Was taken to hospital, needs to get through another session 
  • Panthers play Melbourne Storm for place in grand final

The Panthers have confirmed star halfback Nathan Cleary was sent to hospital for scans on an injured finger but are adamant he is in ‘no doubt’ for Friday’s preliminary final against the Storm.

Cleary suffered the injury at training on Monday and the NRL club decided to send him for precautionary scans that cleared him of any serious damage.

Cleary (pictured running the ball in the Panthers' win over the Warriors in the qualifying final) was taken to hospital for scans

Cleary (pictured running the ball in the Panthers’ win over the Warriors in the qualifying final) was taken to hospital for scans

The superstar halfback hurt his finger during the team's Monday training session

The superstar halfback hurt his finger during the team’s Monday training session

The premiership-winning halfback will have to get through Wednesday’s main training session, but the Panthers are confident he will be fine to face the Storm.

It’s a tiny setback for the defending champions who were put through their paces after they earnt the week off following their qualifying final win over the Warriors.

Izack Tago (pec) remains in doubt for the game at Accor Stadium, while five-eighth Jarome Luai is on track to return from a dislocated shoulder he suffered less than a month ago.

He trained well on Sunday morning, although Jack Cogger is ready to play if required.

Cleary is widely regarded as the best halfback in the game and losing him to injury would be a body blow to the reining premiers

Cleary is widely regarded as the best halfback in the game and losing him to injury would be a body blow to the reining premiers

Panthers five-eighth Jarome Luai (pictured) had plenty of strapping on his shoulder at training but is expected to play Melbourne on Friday night

Panthers five-eighth Jarome Luai (pictured) had plenty of strapping on his shoulder at training but is expected to play Melbourne on Friday night

‘When it first happened, I thought the worst because it was a pretty ugly injury,’ teammate Liam Martin said.

‘But when it came out that he had a chance to come back because it wasn’t as bad as they first thought, I knew he would do everything in his power to play.

‘That’s exactly what he’s done. He’s done round-the-clock physio on it and worked so hard to get his shoulder right.’



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