Norman's Origin hopes hit by knee injury


Corey Norman's hopes of making a first State of Origin appearance have been hit by a knee injury that is expected to sideline him for four weeks.

The Parramatta Eels playmaker was forced off in the second half of the 48-10 thumping at the hands of Sydney Roosters on Sunday following a tackle from Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Norman had been tipped to make his Origin debut as a replacement for Queensland's injured star half-back Johnathan Thurston, who is a doubt due to a shoulder injury.

However, his hopes to featuring in games one and two, on May 31 and June 21 respectively, appear to have been dashed.

"I think - obviously they'll need to send him in for scans - but I think I've been told a grade two medial [ligament]," said Eels coach Brad Arthur.

"We'll have to get scans, but I don't know, four weeks. 

"There was a bigger blow today, and it wasn't Corey Norman. 

"We just got outmuscled. I thought the physicality, we weren't in it, and it's something that we want to pride ourselves on and we were just outplayed in every aspect of the game."