Phil Graham, who was injured in the Roosters win over the Panthers is still hopeful of being able to play in this weeks NRL Grand Final.

Graham, who missed last weeks clash with the Gold Coast Titans due a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in the Panthers game, is currently battling to ensure that he is 100% fit to play in the grand final.

“I did a little bit this morning in the gym, just on the wrestling mats, it wasn’t too bad so hopefully it pulls up good tomorrow,” Graham told reporters on Monday.

“I’ve done some running and done some tackling … if it pulls up alright maybe I’ll just do a bit more tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday.

“During the tackling it went pretty good so it’s not sore or anything now but I’ve just got to wait and see.

“It feels pretty good, I’ve got all my range back and all my movement.” The former Canberra back will need to convince coach Brian Smith and the Roosters medical staff in simulated match conditions later this week.

Despite the hope however, Graham knows that making it to the grand final is a long shot, and he doesn’t really expect to run out, as he only had his first contact session today.

“I’m not sort of concentrating on getting my hopes up, I’m just seeing if I’m right to play,” he said.

“I’m just doing everything I can to be right to play and if I end up coming good I guess it’s up to the coach to see if he wants to play me or not.

“The boys have played awesome all year so it’s just great to be in this position so I’ll be certainly cheering the boys on if I’m not out there.”

By ricky

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