Melbourne Storm sweat on star ahead of Manly showdown

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Melbourne Storm No.9 Harry Grant (pictured) during a NRL game.
Melbourne Storm No.9 Harry Grant (pictured) didn't finish the captain's run on Wednesday ahead of the NRL clash against Manly. (Getty Images)

The Melbourne Storm are now waiting on the fitness of star No.9 Harry Grant for their blockbuster showdown with the Manly Sea Eagles on Thursday after the youngster left training early.

Melbourne are looking to get back on track after suffering two heavy defeats to Penrith and the Cowboys in consecutive weeks.

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However, Grant appeared to leave the captain's run early on Wednesday due to a groin issue.

They also have first-choice fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen sidelined with knee damage.

While Grant didn't finish the session, coach Craig Bellamy wasn't overly concerned ahead of the game in 24 hours.

"I'm not exactly sure what he's done but he felt a bit of tightness," Bellamy said.

"I haven't spoken to anyone yet but I think he's OK."

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The coach was relieved to see halfback Jahrome Hughes get through the session after missing their two losses with a calf injury.

"(Hughes) hasn't done all that we've done this week but he got through most of it and seems to have come through OK so he should be right," Bellamy said.

Melbourne had club great Greg Inglis address the players before he watched on at training ahead of Indigenous round.

Greg Inglis (pictured) watching on the Melbourne Storm training.
Greg Inglis (pictured) addressed the Melbourne Storm team ahead of their match on Thursday. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

Former Test and Origin star Inglis is set to lead the Storm out onto the ground on Thursday night and Bellamy joked he looked fit enough for a 20-minute run.

"He's a really important part of our history," Bellamy said.

"Everyone knows how talented and competitive he was and just how good he was, but he was also a great club man."

Melbourne were hammered by North Queensland 36-6 last Saturday night, having suffered a 26-point loss to defending premiers Penrith the previous week, but still sit second on the ladder behind the Panthers.

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