England’s World Cup preparations were dealt a blow due to an injury to stand-off Gareth Widdop, whilst he was playing for Melbourne Storm.
Widdop suffered a suspected dislocated hip after he was tackled by a combination of Ryan James and Albert Kelly in the Storm’s defeat to the Gold Coast Titans.
The playmaker is still awaiting hospital scans to confirm the extent of the injury and will be hoping that it isn’t as severe as first feared. If it is, it leaves his fitness for the Rugby League World Cup in October in huge doubt.
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy was quick to express his sympathy towards Widdop after the match, saying to reporters: "It's not good news for us or him. He was in a lot of pain.
"Hopefully it's a clean dislocation and no fractures. The boys are really feeling for him at the moment."
It will be a blow for England head coach Steve McNamara too, if he was to lose the 24-year-old, who has scored three tries in eight previous caps, as he wants his squad at full strength ahead of a home World Cup.
Widdop has signed for the St George Illawarra Dragons for the 2014 season, which means that his injury may mean that he has represented Melbourne Storm for the last time.
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