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Cowboys coy as Thurston flies to Sydney

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/05/2017 Laine Clark

Coach Paul Green is being coy about Johnathan Thurston's availability despite the star playmaker travelling with his North Queensland squad ahead of Thursday night's NRL clash with Cronulla.

Green said Thurston flew to Sydney to film a TV commercial but he would consider the Test half for the Sharks game if he recovered from his shoulder complaint suffered in the recent trans-Tasman clash.

"That's the main reason he is travelling," the Cowboys coach said of Thurston's TV ad.

"(But) he is improving. Whether or not he improves enough, we will wait and see."

Thurston suffered the injury three weeks ago and was expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks, putting him at risk of missing Queensland's State of Origin opener.

Green on Tuesday refused to put a time frame on Thurston's return.

"I was always pretty vague about a time frame, if you remember, and for a reason," he said.

"It could be minimum of three weeks or maximum of six or anywhere in between."

Thurston has not trained with the main group since the injury but is a chance of running out on Wednesday at the Cowboys session.

Asked what Thurston would have to do to prove his fitness for the Sharks match, Green said: "He has to get his strength back in his shoulder.

"If it doesn't, then you take a massive risk that he will do his shoulder properly and, if he does that, his season is finished - that's not worth the risk at this stage."

Green played down concerns for hooker Jake Granville after his comeback from a broken leg was cut short in last round's win over Canterbury.

Granville played just 44 minutes in his return from a month-long layoff after copping a blow to his recovering leg.

"He has not injured it or made it worse. I am pretty confident he is right to play," Green said.

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