Blues Origin rookie Nathan Peats is looking increasingly unlikely to take his place in the Gold Coast team that will meet the Cowboys on Saturday night.

Peats was impressive in his New South Wales debut on Wednesday night but the corked thigh he received early in the second half hasn’t responded to treatment as quickly as the Titans had hoped.

Gold Coast coach Neil Henry (pictured) says while it would be a blow to lose Peats, the club would be well served by Karl Lawton if necessary.