North Queensland Toyota Cowboys winger Antonio Winterstein is expected to be available for selection for the Round 2 National Rugby League match against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.
The veteran outside back, 28, returned to full training this week after missing the Cowboys’ Round 1 win over the Canberra Raiders on Saturday night with an ankle injury sustained in a trial match two weeks prior.
Winterstein’s place on the left wing was taken by Javid Bowen, 23, the Hope Vale product scoring the go-ahead try against the Raiders before the men in green levelled it to send the contest into golden point extra time.
Bowen has again been named in the Cowboys’ extended 21-man squad.
North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos
Round 2, 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership
7.05pm, Friday 10 March, Suncorp Stadium
1. Lachlan Coote
2. Kyle Feldt
3. Justin O’Neill
4. Kane Linnett
5. Antonio Winterstein
6. Michael Morgan
7. Johnathan Thurston (c)
8. Matt Scott (c)
9. Jake Granville
10. Scott Bolton
11. Gavin Cooper
12. Ethan Lowe
13. Jason Taumalolo
14. Ben Hampton
15. John Asiata
16. Coen Hess
17. Patrick Kaufusi
18. Shaun Fensom
19. Gideon Gela-Mosby
20. Javid Bowen
21. Kalyn Ponga
Coach: Paul Green
NRL team selection changes – new in 2017:
1) Tuesday 4pm AEDT: Announce 17 active players & four reserves (21-man squad)
2) 24 hours before kick-off: Cut squad to 17 active players and two reserves (19-man squad)
3) 1 hour before kick-off: Final 17-man squad announced
If clubs wish to bring in a player from outside the 21-man or 19-man squad, they need to apply for an exemption that will be evaluated by the Head of Football on a case-by-case basis.
Players named as “Reserves” on Tuesday will still be able to be named in the starting sides of NYC and Mounties.
Any players included in the 19-man squad will be deemed ineligible for selection in the final 17 man squad if they play in a NSW/Qld Cup match prior to the NRL match.