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Star Broncos duo cleared to face Bulldogs

Hooker Andrew McCullough has been cleared to make a stunning return from injury in Brisbane's NRL clash with Canterbury at Suncorp Stadium.

McCullough was supposed to miss four to six weeks with a hyperextended elbow but is back for Thursday night's encounter after being sidelined for just one game - last round's win over South Sydney.

Coach Wayne Bennett has also guaranteed Anthony Milford will play despite the playmaker missing training on Wednesday with an ankle complaint.

McCullough has made a habit of making an injury return ahead of schedule.

But Bennett admitted he was surprised by the hooker's speedy recovery from a serious elbow injury.

The Broncos mentor said McCullough sent him a text message volunteering his services after replacement hooker Josh McGuire went down with an ankle injury in the win over the Rabbitohs.

"I am (surprised) but that is the making of the bloke. He volunteered himself and is confident he can play - it's remarkable," Bennett said.

"He does everything right from the moment he gets an injury."

Bennett dismissed Brisbane great Justin Hodges' fears McCullough may be at risk of coming back too early.

"It's not up to him if he plays or not. It is up to us," Bennett said.

"He just made himself available. We have taken all the precautions and we can't see a reason why he can't play."

Milford raised eyebrows with his training no show on Wednesday but Bennett eased any fears over the playmaker.

"He will definitely play. He has a sore ankle. He stepped off the pavement and twisted it a bit, trained on Monday but it was a bit sore afterwards so he is not here today."

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