England winger Joe Burgess could miss the Four Nations due to him requiring a hernia operation.
The 21-year-old has spent the last season playing in the NRL with Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs but is due to return to the UK with former club Wigan for 2017.
However, Warriors boss Shaun Wane has revealed to Wigan Today that Burgess may not be available for England's end of year tournament because of a hernia operation.
Although the surgery is believed to be relatively minor, he is a doubt for the Four Nations, which also features Australia, New Zealand and Scotland.
Burgess played in his country's opening two Tests against New Zealand last year but was replaced by Huddersfield's Jermaine McGillvary for the decider.
The news comes as a further blow to coach Wayne Bennett, who is due to announce his squad next year.
Bennett is already due to be without Wigan duo Sam Tomkins, Sean O'Loughlin and Warrington's Ben Currie for the competition through injury, while Brisbane's Jack Reed has recently retired.
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