Big Bronco set to make miraculous injury comeback

Vince Rugari

Brisbane young gun Payne Haas is set to play in Saturday's NRL clash against Manly after making a quick recovery from what appeared a serious ankle injury.

The teenage prop came off the bench in the Broncos' 22-20 win over Canterbury last week but lasted just a few minutes before suffering a high ankle strain.

It was anticipated he would be sidelined for between two to four weeks.

But Haas trained fully at Red Hill on Wednesday morning and, barring any further mishaps, should take his place among the reserves for the game against the Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium.

"First reports said that he had a bad ankle sprain, but credit to him," Broncos forward Korbin Sims told reporters.

"He's obviously stuck to his rehab, tried to rehab it as best he can.

"He's a young kid, he'll be right. He's a tough dude as well.

"If he's going to play he's going to be very lively for us off the bench."

The match on Saturday - which is part of a double-header and nominally a Manly home game - would be only the third in the NRL for Haas but already he has shown enough to be anointed as a superstar of the future.

Payne Haas has made a big impact for Brisbane in his limited time in first grade this season. Pic: AAP

Sims said he was continually amazed by how well the 18-year-old has handled the step up and all the hype around him, which was partly down to coach Wayne Bennett's canny management.

"Coming into first grade, he's a big body but you've got to remember that he's still quite young," he said.

"That's what Wayne does well. In his first two games he hasn't played him in the first half where the arm wrestle is won and lost.

"He's going to do well for us this year, depending on how many games he plays.

"If he gets right this weekend I expect big things from him."

Sims also expects Matthew Lodge, another front-rower under an injury cloud, to line up as named against Manly.

Lodge is battling an ongoing ribs problem and has been eased through training but should be right to play.