Storm, Brandon Smith, Josh Addo-Carr cleared for preliminary final against Penrith

Gun Storm duo Brandon Smith and Josh Addo-Carr have said they will be ready for Saturday’s prelims against Penrith.

It was feared Smith suffered a broken face in Melbourne’s win in Week 1 of the Finals against Manly, but the hooker confirmed he would be in good shape for Penrith’s shock.

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Opening up about the injury that left him with a very swollen face, Smith admitted he originally believed his season was over.

“I cried a bit in the locker room because they told me it was broken,” Smith said.

“When it happened it hurt but I didn’t think I broke it.

“But the physiotherapists asked me what the symptoms were and I just said my face was numb.

“They thought it was a clear sign of a fracture.

“Everything was soft when they pushed him, but if he was fractured and I came back there and did some damage, I could have done some serious damage.

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“It wasn’t a good sign, but I couldn’t mope and feel sorry for myself. The team wouldn’t have wanted that.”

Meanwhile, Addo-Carr, who hasn’t played since Round 24 due to a hamstring injury, is confident he’ll be ready to adjust.

“I’m about 95% running so I’ll be nice,” he said.

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