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Latrell Mitchell’s Origin hopes hit by COVID

Rabbitohs fullback Latrell Mitchell has tested positive to COVID-19.

Mitchell will be unavailable for selection in round 14 and will not train this week as he isolates from the team.

Mitchell was likely to have one chance to prove he was ready for a State of Origin recall, with South Sydney planning to rest him for this week’s clash with the Gold Coast Titans.

However the positive test to COVID will definitely rule him out and will affect his preparation and likelihood of a return to play even one match before the team is selected for Origin II in Perth.

Mitchell touched back down in Australia on Thursday morning after a 16-day trip to the US to help repair the tendon tear in his left hamstring that has ruled him out of the Blues’ series opener on Wednesday night.