Cowboys hopeful Thurston injury isn’t too serious

North Queensland coach Paul Green is hopeful Johnathan Thurston will be back on the paddock “sooner rather than later” after injuring his calf.

Green confirmed on Monday night the club was still in the process of identifying the extent of the injury but it didn’t appear as bad as they had feared.

“When they told me that he’d done his calf, I didn’t believe them because if you’ve seen JT with his socks off, there’s not much there to hold him up,” Green joked on Fox Sports’ NRL 360.


“He’s got a slight muscle strain there. It’s not too bad – hopefully we’ll see him back on the paddock sooner rather than later,” Green said.

The Cowboys are preparing to take on the Wests Tigers on Saturday.

The club is already battling several injuries, with Matt Scott (ACL), Jake Granville (leg), Antonio Winterstein (arm), and Lachlan Coote (calf) all on the injury bench.