AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JULY 03: Warriors coach Stephen Kearney during a New Zealand Warriors NRL training session at Mount Smart Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
New Zealand Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has revealed that Issac Luke and Blake Green are on track to play in round one.
Luke has been out with a shoulder injury that required surgery and resulted in Newcastle withdrawing their contract offer.
Kearney has been encouraged by the recent progress Luke has made in his recovery.
“He’s tracking along nicely. Providing the next couple of weeks are good to him he should be okay for round one,” Kearney told stuff.co.nz.
Meanwhile, Green is recovering from a hamstring strain suffered in pre-season training.
The injury, while not serious, has restricted Green’s pre-season, but Kearney believes he will be ready for the trial game and Wests Tigers next week.
“His running has improved every day,” Kearney said. “He was up and running not long after he put a slight strain in [his hamstring], which was a good sign. We’ve just to keep track of him. The next week or so is important for him to be part of the second trial.”
The Warriors host the Bulldogs at Mount Smart Stadium in round one on March 16.