South Sydney lock Cameron Murray races against time to play in State of Origin I after neck injury

South Sydney sweats on scans of a Cameron Murray neck injury after the Rabbitohs captain was not named in Jason Demetriou’s squad for their round 10 NRL clash with the Warriors.

Murray’s status wasn’t included in a club medical update released Tuesday, but the no-nonsense slot is likely to miss next month of action.

It leaves the 24-year-old racing the clock to be fit for the first State of Origin game on June 8.

After the Warriors match in Magic Round, Souths face Canberra, the Wests Tigers and got a bye to Origin I.

Cody Walker is named captain, while Jai Arrow takes on the Warriors.

NSW teammate Brian To’o told reporters at Penrith practice on Tuesday that Murray’s absence from Brad Fittler’s side would be significant.

Murray has been an automatic roster for the Blues in recent years. Getty Images: Chris Hyde

“He’s clearly been one of the best blues players, [he is] very consistent, even with the Bunnies,” To’o said.

“He always leads by example and works hard for the boys and he always puts the boys first.”

Meanwhile, Canberra breathed a sigh of relief after skipper Jarrod Croker was cleared of a serious shoulder injury.

Croker returned to NRL action in Friday’s 14-4 win over Canterbury after an offseason stem cell surgery on his knee, but was forced out in the second half while trying to avoid a try.

The 31-year-old has been cleared of a serious shoulder injury, and the Raiders are confident the center will only miss the next two to three weeks.

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