Dylan Edwards quad injury ahead of State of Origin opener with James Tedesco on standby, NSW Blues

Former NSW Blues captain James Tedesco could yet line up for his state in the opening State of Origin match this week.

Tedesco has been placed on standby after Penrith Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards picked up pain during the team’s final training session.

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Edwards finished the session but reported tightness in his quad after doing some extra exercises after the session ended.

Channel Nine’s rugby league reporter Danny Weidler dropped a bombshell on X’s social media site.

“Dylan Edwards possible quad injury, James Tedesco pending,” Weidler wrote.

Journalist Brent Read and former NRL star Wade Graham discussed the development on radio.

“If Teddy was fit, that would mean it’s quite significant and they’re really worried about Dylan Edwards and his ability to play on Wednesday night,” Read said on Triple M.

“It’s devastating for Edwards. You’ve been selected, he’s worked so hard and been one of the best players in the competition for the last three or four years and to pick himself up, even if it’s just a little bit short and still manage to get a game, it disrupts his preparation… it’s just not what you want after you’re on top of the world,” Graham said.

In even better news for Blues fans, striker Liam Martin has confirmed he is fit to fight, while also saying Nicho Hynes is fit.

Martin and Hynes did not train fully with the squad for the first few days of Blues camp, but the back-rower said he has since been able to complete a full training session.

The Penrith star also revealed the injury he has been dealing with.

“It feels really good. I ticked a few boxes and I feel great,” said Martin on Saturday morning.

“The day before yesterday I trained fully and I feel very good.

“The (Blues) physios have spoken to Penrith and they’ve put together a plan to ease into the week and then fire at the weekend … so I’m ready.

“It was a grade 1 buttock tear. They heal quickly, so I’m lucky there.”

“It looks really good. Yesterday we warmed up together and then jumped into training. I think he’s done really well, so I don’t think there’s any drama with either of us.”

Martin’s former Penrith team-mate Stephen Crichton also gave an update on Hynes at his press conference with reporters, but says there are still questions over who will make the move for the Blues on Wednesday night.

Crichton is in the game, as is Hynes if he’s fit enough. Zac Lomax, Dylan Edwards and Joseph Sua’ali’li also impressed with their shoes this season.

“He (Hynes) is a lot more confident and ready to play. He kicked a lot more the other day and it looked like there was nothing wrong with him, so that’s sweet,” Crichton said.

“We did a door slamming session the other day and there were about six of us.

“There are a lot of good goalkeepers in the team so anyone will get that good.

“I don’t mind doing it, but even if I don’t, it just narrows my focus.”

The State of Origin opener will be held at Accor Stadium in Sydney on Wednesday 5 June.

Originally published as NSW Blues rocked by Dylan Edwards injury ahead of Origin opener

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