BENJI Marshall's hopes of an NRL return have taken a massive hit, after he suffered a suspected fractured wrist while playing for feeder club Redcliffe.
The Broncos playmaker was outstanding in the Dolphins' 28-20 victory over the Jets, putting on a masterclass performance in front of a thrilled Redcliffe crowd.
Marshall played a hand in three tries and scored one of his own, but his afternoon was cut short after he came off second best against Ipswich enforcer Billy McConnachie.
The Jets prop smashed Marshall in a tackle late in the second half, with the Redcliffe fullback sent from the field holding his right arm.
Marshall had ice on his wrist after the game when he revealed he might have suffered a fracture.
"It feels sore. It's either strained or fractured," he said.
"For a guy (McConnachie) who is so aggressive, I have never seen anyone more apologetic. But it's footy and you have to expect that. I wanted them to chase me but I just didn't know he was coming that hard."
Marshall was set to have scans on Sunday night and should know the results on Monday.
If he is sidelined with the wrist injury, the news will come as a major blow for the former Tiger and Dragon who has made no secret of his desire to return to first grade for Brisbane.
While he is relishing playing the full 80 minutes out at Redcliffe, he is also determined to earn more time with the Broncos this season.
Dolphins coach Adam Mogg is also of the opinion Marshall belongs in first grade, but said he was enjoying having him in the side.
"He's a class player," he said.
"He's been great for our team. We have a couple of young halves out there that are learning off Benji as well.
"For Benji's sake I hope he plays NRL. But if he doesn't, it's a great bonus to us."
The other threat to Marshall's hopes of a return to the NRL is the red-hot form of fellow utility Kodi Nikorima.
Nikorima was sent back to play for Norths for the opening rounds of this season after last year suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.
It's a tactic that has worked well, with the Brisbane supersub the star of Bishop Park on Saturday.
He scored a double against the Capras and displayed his versatility, playing at five-eighth, hooker, fullback and centre.
Nikorima was told by coach Wayne Bennett that he would only play Intrust Super Cup for a few weeks, with his expected return edging closer.
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