Cameron Smith is set to miss just one match for the Storm after being injured in Saturday night's win over the Raiders.
Cameron Smith is set to miss just one match for the Storm after being injured in Saturday night's win over the Raiders. MICK TSIKAS

Smith injury concern just storm in tea cup

RUGBY LEAGUE: Melbourne Storm's NRL minor premiership chances have soared with a medical verdict that Cameron Smith may only miss one match with a pectoral injury.

It was suggested Smith could miss between four and six weeks after he was forced from the field in Melbourne's six-point win over Canberra on Saturday night.

But Storm football manager Frank Ponissi said the injury is not as serious as first thought.

"The news on Cameron is much better than we expected,” Ponissi said on Sunday.

"He is a slim chance, but unlikely to play next Sunday (against Manly at AAMI Park).

"But he is likely to play against the Cowboys (on August 5) and definite to play the Roosters.”

Storm fullback Billy Slater is carried off after being knocked out during the Round 20 NRL match against the Raiders.
Storm fullback Billy Slater is carried off after being knocked out during the Round 20 NRL match against the Raiders. MICK TSIKAS

Ponissi said fullback Billy Slater would be closely monitored this week after he was knocked out in a tackle by Canberra's Sia Soliola.

"At this stage there is no decision on whether he will play next week,” Ponissi said.

The Storm sit atop the ladder, one win ahead of the Roosters and two wins ahead of Brisbane, Cronulla and North Queensland.


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