BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — JULY 20: Matt Gillett of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 20 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium on July 20, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — JULY 20: Matt Gillett of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 20 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium on July 20, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

New injury puts Gillett on hold

LUCKLESS Bronco Matt Gillett is likely to find out his immediate playing future on Wednesday after an injured calf muscle set back his comeback.

Gillett suffered an injury to his right calf at training on Tuesday and went for a scan to determine if a mooted return to NRL action in a month is still possible.

Gillett last played in April because of a neck fracture and said in early May that he was hopeful of a Round 17 return to action for the Broncos, which would have been on Sunday.

"It might be a bit longer now that I have this calf,'' Gillett told The Courier-Mail.

"It would give my neck a bit more time to heal which I'd be happy with.

"I'm taking it pretty seriously and want to make sure my neck is right.

"I don't know if it (the calf) is torn or strained - it felt like someone had thrown a hard ball at it. It might be a blessing (to take more off before playing again).''

 

 
Gillett broke his neck in a match earlier this year. Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.
Gillett broke his neck in a match earlier this year. Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.
 

Maroons coach Kevin Walters said before Origin I he had been told Gillett could be back for the third Origin game, but the rate of recovery has not met such a hopeful diagnosis.

"I'll get a scan in two weeks on my neck to see how it's going,'' Gillett said.

"I'd give it a good two weeks of solid contact work at training once I get the all-clear to train.

"That would have been about 14 weeks I'd been on the sideline.''

Gillett's left-edge defence and his ball-running ability would vastly improve Brisbane, who are three wins clear of pursuing clubs in eighth place.

"There is still plenty of time if we can get into the finals,'' Gillett said.

"Jack Bird has had surgery on his sternum and hopefully he can be part of it too.''

Gillett had his calf muscle heavily strapped after leaving training.

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