New South Wales coach Brad Fittler says they will have enough strength in depth to cope without Cameron Murray if he is forced to sit out game one of the State of Origin series.
The Blues are priced at 31/100 to win game one against Queensland on 8th June but there is the possibility of Murray missing out through injury.
Murray had a shoulder operation during the off-season but has still been hampered by the issue in the early rounds of the 2022 NRL campaign.
After undergoing scans on Tuesday, Murray was sent for another small procedure in the hope it will fix the situation once and for all.
Souths hope to have him back playing within four weeks but he cannot afford any setbacks or further issues if he is to play origin next month.
Murray has been a key player at lock for Fittler during his reign and his absence would be a blow. However the Blues coach believes he has enough cover should Murray miss out.
"Keaon Koloamatangi has been a part of our camps and we've also got Tariq Sims, Tyson Frizell, Angus Crichton and Liam Martin who have played prior," Fittler told reporters on Wednesday.
"It's such an important position because there's so much pressure on those people, especially in defence. Over the last sort of four or five years, we've always had really good depth."
Fittler has already lost Ryan Papenhuyzen while Latrell Mitchell is also facing a race against time to play.