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Mitchell Pearce confident of a return for Sydney Roosters' crunch game against Canterbury

Playmaker Mitchell Pearce looks likely to return in a much-needed boost for the Sydney Roosters for their must-win NRL semi-final against Canterbury.

New South Wales Origin half-back Pearce missed the last fortnight with a hamstring injury but he has told team-mates he is confident of being fit to face the Bulldogs at Sydney Football Stadium on Friday night.

The Roosters suffered their first loss in 13 starts in their qualifying final against Melbourne and Pearce's organisational skills would be warmly welcomed as the minor premiers seek to lift themselves off the canvas.

Roosters captain Jake Friend said Pearce was bullish about his chances.
"He ran last week and he'll run again today," Friend said.
"Fingers crossed he'll come through that all good.

"I've talked to him and he thinks he'll be right and hopefully that's the case."
In further good news for Trent Robinson's side, Boyd Cordner declared himself a certain starter on Friday despite suffering a hip injury against Melbourne.
Cordner copped a knock in the first half against the Storm and played through pain for the rest of the match.

He said he would likely carry the problem for the rest of the season but was adamant he would not miss any game time.

"I went up and I saw the physios and the medical staff and I was able to play the rest of the game," Cordner said.

"It won't be any different this week, I'll be working really closely with the physios and the medical staff here at the Roosters.

"I'll be sweet by Friday, it's not a massive injury or anything.
"You can't do any more damage. It's just one of those things that's going to be there for a bit and I'll be sweet."


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