Cherry-Evans doubt for England game

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Published: Sunday 26th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Scans in Brisbane on Sunday revealed Australia half-back Daly Cherry-Evans suffered a minor hip muscle tear during his side’s 30-12 Four Nations defeat by New Zealand.

The Manly Sea Eagles player, who was a replacement for the injured Johnathan Thurston, went off before half-time at the Suncorp Stadium and was sorely missed as the Kangaroos conceded 24 unanswered points.

“Cherry-Evans’ recovery will continue to be monitored by the Holden Kangaroos’ medical staff, but he remains a chance of playing against England at Melbourne’s AAMI Park next Sunday,” an NRL spokesman said.

However, Australian coach Tim Sheens will be wary of taking a risk on another player’s fitness after a decision to play an ill Greg Inglis backfired spectacularly on Saturday.

Inglis had been nursed through the week after contracting a virus from team-mate Sam Thaiday and convinced coaching staff he could play, only to pull out at half-time with dizziness and dehydration.

Cherry-Evans’ likely absence is set to pave the way for Brisbane scrum-half Ben Hunt to make his Test debut against Steve McNamara’s men.

Australia need to beat England to keep alive their hopes of reaching the November 15 final in Wellington.

Published: Sunday 26th October 2014 by The News Editor

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