Australia's Sam Thaiday suffered a head clash in the win over England.
Australia's Sam Thaiday suffered a head clash in the win over England. Dave Howarth

Kangaroos star set to miss Four Nations final

RUGBY LEAGUE: An accidental head clash has almost certainly ended Sam Thaiday's Four Nations campaign.

The Broncos veteran suffered a suspected fractured eye socket after colliding with England's James Graham in Australia's 38-16 win at the London Stadium.

Thaiday was taken to hospital midway through the second half and is in grave doubt for the tournament's final against New Zealand this weekend.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga absolved Canterbury skipper Graham of any blame.

"Unfortunately it will probably put him out of the game next week,” Meninga said of Thaiday. "I think it was accidental.”

Cooper Cronk, who was named man of the match, said Thaiday knew immediately that he had a serious problem and said the injury had taken some of the shine off a comprehensive win.

"He knew about it as soon as it happened and our fingers, toes and every hair follicle is crossed for him that it's a positive scan result,” Cronk said.

"There is no doubt that he will be part of our team in the final whether he's playing or not.”


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