England manager Steve McNamara is hoping that injured Leeds duo Danny McGuire and Kallum Watkins will be fit in time for the World Cup.

Scrum-half McGuire broke his leg in Friday's 18-6 loss to Hull FC and is expected to be out for around three months. Kallum Watkins could be out for eight weeks after badly damaging ankle ligaments, picking up the injury in the same match.

The England boss Steve McNamara rues the loss of two key players with the upcoming World Cup but hopes they can still recover in time.

"They were two really unfortunate injuries and the timing is, obviously, pretty poor for us," he told the Yorkshire Post. "But that is especially true for the Leeds club who have plenty of injuries themselves and it is a cruel blow for the players.

"Kallum was involved in the autumn games for us last season when he played well and, though Danny wasn't, they are both part of our 30-man ETS squad.

"Hopefully they'll both get back for the end of the season and they'll then be available for selection for the World Cup.

McNamara is set to name his squad for next week's Exiles clash on Tuesday and both McGuire and Watkins were tipped to be included. However, the England manager will now have to look for replacements as the pair have been sidelined until at least August.

The England boss already has a couple of injury problems and fears that a couple more players could be unavailable for selection next week.

"We've a few others missing from that squad, too, at the minute with Carl Ablett and Danny Tickle both injured.

"There may be a couple more after this weekend just gone and we'll have to assess everything again after the Huddersfield/Saints game Monday night."

England face Exiles on 14 June before their opening World Cup match against Australia on 26 October at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

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