NSW co-captain Isabelle Kelly has been given the go-ahead to participate in State of Origin II in Townsville next week.
Kelly is returning from a frightening throat injury she sustained in game one, where she was struck in the throat by an elbow from Queensland star Julia Robinson.
Spending days in intensive care, Kelly battled to breathe and was in serious distress. Concerns arose that she may have to sit out for an extended period, but with the series hanging in the balance, she has been included in the Blues’ preliminary squad.
While her physical recovery has been slow, the biggest obstacle for her now is her mental readiness following such a traumatic injury.
If she decides to take the field, it will be a significant boost for the Blues, who suffered an 18-10 loss in game one on June 1 at Commbank Stadium. To retain the shield, NSW must win by a margin of at least nine points in Townsville.