Lions in Australia: Will Genia fitness 'not an issue' ahead of deciding Test

Last Updated: 30/06/13 8:52am

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Will Genia: Suffered serious knee injury last year

Will Genia: Suffered serious knee injury last year

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Australia coach Robbie Deans has calmed fears over scrum-half Will Genia's fitness.

Genia was pictured with an ice strapping on his knee in the wake of Saturday's 16-15 victory over the Lions in Melbourne.

The Wallabies playmaker was out for six months after injuring his knee last year but, according to Deans, his latest problem is "not an issue" ahead of next week's deciding Test.

Deans said: "It's obviously part of the history. He tweaked it a couple of weeks back, nothing major, but obviously any management he does on it is very visible.

"But he's managing it fine. There are no structural issues. Once he gets out and gets going it's not an issue.

"And he is managing it, which is progress for Willy because he doesn't like slowing up, whether it be preparations or in-game."

Adam Ashley-Cooper, Saturday's match-winner, also ended the game with soreness in his knee.

But Deans said: "To the greater extent we came through it unscathed.

"There's possibly a bit of soft tissue niggle from a couple of blokes. It was a typical changing room, there was a lot of ice around and a lot of tired bodies."

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