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Josh Dugan to make another miraculous recovery

DRAGONS fullback Josh Dugan appears to have again escaped serious injury and could line up against Wests Tigers on Monday night.

The 24-year-old looked to be in agony when he was helped off the field (pictured right) after injuring his ankle in Monday night's 12-4 loss to the Storm, but scans yesterday showed there was no major damage.

Dugan also appeared to be in serious pain after injuring his ankle in the Charity Shield match against the Rabbitohs last month, but recovered in time to take part in the World Club Series match against Warrington in England a fortnight later.

The news, however, was not so good for Bulldogs five-eighth and fellow New South Wales State of Origin representative Josh Reynolds, who is set to miss up to eight weeks with a fractured arm.

Reynolds would have missed two weeks after accepting an early guilty plea for a dangerous throw charge.

Provided he stays fit, Dugan, who played in the last two Origin games last year, looms as the likely replacement for NFL hopeful Jarryd Hayne in the Blues team this year.

Reynolds played in all three games last campaign and would be expected to hold his place in the No.6 jersey.

Blues coach Laurie Daley said Dugan and Reynolds were very much in his planning for the 2015 series against Queensland, but added he had plenty of options.

He named Matt Moylan (Panthers), Jack Wighton (Raiders), James Tedesco (Wests Tigers), Will Hopoate (Eels) and Brett Morris (Bulldogs) as possible fullback candidates.

Daley also said he wasn't committed to sticking to club combinations in the halves for his Origin team.

"It's just a wait-and-see, anything can happen in the next eight or nine weeks," he said.


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