Penrith, NSW and Australian winger Josh Mansour’s Four Nations hopes have been dashed by a knee injury at training.
The 26-year-old was diagnosed with an anterior cruciate ligament tear after the incident at the Kangaroos’ training base in Burton-on-Trent.
Mansour suffered the injury in a collision with fellow teammate Josh Dugan in a small touch-football game. Training stopped immediately as Mansour collapsed in agony.
Mansour was hoping to cement his name in the Kangaroos first team. He debuted against New Zealand in the Four Nations tournament in 2014 at Suncorp Stadium but had not locked in his spot.
It is expected Blake Ferguson, originally omitted from the run-on team, will join Valentine Holmes in the starting lineup. – Ben Owusu
Photo of Josh Mansour celebrating a try against the Bulldogs from Mansour’s Twitter feed.