England hooker Josh Hodgson will miss Saturday's World Cup final against Australia with a knee ligament injury.
The 28-year-old sustained the injury in England's dramatic 20-18 win over Tonga in the semi-finals.
A scan on Sunday showed Hodgson has an anterior cruciate ligament injury and is almost certain to miss the start of the NRL season with Canberra Raiders.
"Hodgson will now return to Canberra for a specialist review with a view to operate," said an England spokesman.
Former Hull KR captain Hodgson has started four of England's five matches at the World Cup.
He limped off after 23 minutes of the victory over Tonga at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday and failed to return.
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