Gareth Widdop could miss England's World Cup campaign

Gareth Widdop

England stand-off Gareth Widdop is a doubt for October's World Cup after he dislocated his hip in Melbourne Storm's NRL defeat by Gold Coast Titans.external-link

The 24-year-old has avoided a break or fracture of the bone but has suffered cartilage damage.

He will miss the rest of the domestic season in Australia, which ends with the NRL Grand Final on 6 October.

"It is devastating for him to have suffered this injury," Storm general manager Frank Ponissi said.external-link

Widdop is set to join St George Illawara for 2014external-link and is likely to have played his last game for Melbourne.

Although he missed out on the autumn international series last year as England coach Steve McNamara opted for a home-based line-up, the playmaker was part of the Four Nations squad that lost the final to Australia at Elland Road the previous year.

The Halifax-born half-back has played all his professional career in Australia having moved to the country with his family aged 16.

McNamara has a dilemma in terms of cover, with Leeds Rhinos' Danny McGuire currently recovering from a broken leg, while Danny Brough has opted to play for Scotland.

Coincidentally the England coach is currently in Australia to meet with the NRL-based players in his World Cup plans, such as James Graham, the quartet of Sam, George, Luke and Tom Burgess, Jack Reed and Chris Heighington.

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