Edwards fine after rapid return

13 September 2017 17:08:13 GMTPlus10

Dylan Edwards' rehab efforts helped Penrith Panthers get through their elimination final against the Manly Sea Eagles.

The young full-back hadn't trained until three days before the game, but the Panthers' medical team worked with him to get him right.

He still had his left leg in a brace three days before the Manly clash, having suffered a grade two medial ligament tear in his knee against the Dragons in Round 25.

Edwards missed the final round meeting with the Sea Eagles and the club expected him to be sidelined for two more weeks, but he was able to recover in time for the opening week of the finals.

The 21-year-old had a successful start to his first finals series, helping the Panthers to a 22-10 win over a Manly side that had soundly beaten them the previous weekend.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Suncorp Stadium to take on the Broncos in Friday's semi-final, Edwards said he had come through the elimination final well and would definitely be available.

"The physio at the club worked really hard on me and got into me about doing all my recovery really well and tried to stick as much to that as I could," he added. "She got me back which is really good; we did everything we could to get back, it was just how the knee pulled up."

After two training sessions he convinced coach Anthony Griffin he would be able to take on Manly, and he ran for 160 metres - just 20 shy of his season average.

Edwards had the knee heavily iced after the game but said it had pulled up better than expected.

"We try to play really tough as a team and get through it," he added. "This is finals footy so it's definitely a chance where you get to see how far you can go and how far you can push your body."

Penrith areĀ 3.00 to beat the Broncos, who are 1.42.

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