Walker's Roosters recall hopes hit by knee injury

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Sam Walker's hopes of earning an NRL recall have taken a hit with news he suffered a knee injury at Sydney Roosters training this week.

Walker had been set to line up for the Roosters' NSW Cup side at Penrith on Friday night but did not feature, with new recruit Coby Thomas and veteran Drew Hutchison combining in the halves.

The Roosters told AAP Walker had hurt his knee at training during the week, with the damage only thought to be minor at this stage.

The injury is the latest setback for Walker, who has not played first grade since being dropped after the Roosters' round-seven loss to Cronulla.

The Roosters have won two of their three clashes since but have still looked far from their dominant best.

Luke Keary and Joey Manu will once again start in the halves when the Roosters meet reigning premiers Penrith at BlueBet Stadium on Friday night.

Reports this month have linked Walker with a move to the Dolphins, who missed out on signing a marquee playmaker for their inaugural season.

Walker remains contracted at the Roosters until the end of 2025, having re-signed at the end of last year.