KNIGHTS winger Nathan Ross is preparing for a sleepless week as he makes a desperate attempt to recover from an ankle injury in time for Friday’s clash with Penrith at Pepper Stadium.
Newcastle’s top tryscorer had a pronounced limp after Saturday’s 24-18 loss to South Sydney, after his left foot was trapped under bodies in a first-half tackle. But he plans to spend the next few days applying ice on an hourly basis and hopes to convince Newcastle’s medical staff he is fit to tackle the Panthers.
“I’ll be doing everything I can to put myself in the frame for selection,’’ Ross told the Herald. “It will come down to the medical advice, but if I get the choice, I’ll be throwing on the jersey and representing the team.’’
Ross said he “definitely” aggravated the damage by playing out the full game, after he was initially injured in the 28th minute. He was nonetheless Newcastle’s best yardage gainer, making 143 metres in attack, although he was disappointed with an early defensive lapse that allowed Souths fullback Alex Johnston to score.