Brown set to play through pain for Eels

Parramatta forward Nathan Brown is set to play through the pain barrier against the Sydney Roosters.
Parramatta forward Nathan Brown is set to play through the pain barrier against the Sydney Roosters.

Nathan Brown is tough enough to play through a broken leg but it'll only be a hip-pointer injury for the Parramatta lock to deal with on Friday night.

The 28-year-old was in doubt to face the Sydney Roosters this week after going down in agony in Saturday's victory over Canterbury.

However, Eels coach Brad Arthur said Brown stubbornly told him immediately after the game that he'd be right to play this week.

And he's kept his word.

"It's a hip pointer, but Browny is tough, with these sort of games it wouldn't have mattered if he broke his leg he was going to be right to play," Arthur said on Thursday.

"He just wants to get out on the field and play for his mates... he loves these occasions.

"He's not going to be 100 per cent, but he's good enough to get out on the field and play, and we need it."

Although the Roosters are heavily depleted through injury, history has favoured the Bondi-based side who are unbeaten from five games at Bankwest Stadium.

The Eels have won just four of their last 16 clashes between the two sides, with the Roosters winning all of the last four games.

Arthur is wary of the galvanising factor that an emotional week may have had on the Roosters following a possibly career-ending ACL injury to Brett Morris.

As well as the loss of Morris for the season, the Roosters are without starting stars Lindsay Collins, Luke Keary, Sam Verrills, Jake Friend and Boyd Cordner.

"They've got a great system, they're one of the best coached teams in the competition," Arthur said.

"They've got a really strong leadership group, and stuff like this brings teams closer together.

"They'll have a real point to prove, not just for themselves, but for the people that are actually missing out on playing.

"We're not expecting anything different but a real tough mentality from a very good Roosters team."

Australian Associated Press