A collapsed lung can be a catastrophic injury whether you're a professional athlete or not but it's not proven enough to keep Dallin Watene-Zelezniak from returning for the Penrith Panthers this weekend in what has literally become a must win clash.
The Panthers backline has been a shambles over the past month. An injury crisis already billed as one of the worst in the clubs history continues to grow unrelentingly. Since succumbing to the injury in the Round 20 match against the Sydney Roosters there've been plenty of conflicting stories doing the rounds - he's out for a week, he's out for a month, his career is over, it's all been conjecture until now.
Confirming the story himself Dallin commented that "I'm not sure where people have got that from. I'm the only one that's spoken to the specialists" and " it's definitely not the case of what happened last year". The latter a reference to the 2014 injury which brought his season to a cruel end.
His return will be just what Penrith need, if selected by Cleary ahead of the Sunday afternoon fixture. Since Moylan's departure earlier in the season he's been a revelation at fullback and the ferocity of his game has been sorely missed.
Combine this with the return of Josh Mansour and the possible return of David Simmons and the prospects of victory change dramatically.
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