World Cup boost for injured Burgess

Dewsbury's Sam Burgess will be back playing for England sooner than expected after injuring his knee in the opening World Cup game against Australia.

Sam Burgess of England is seen in action during the first pool A match of the Rugby League World… Credit: JULIAN SMITH/AAP/PA Images

It was feared the forward would miss the rest of the tournament after suffering a medial ligament injury during the 18 - 4 defeat to the hosts yesterday. But after being assessed by medical staff, it is hoped he will be back in time for the knock out stages.