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Brisbane Broncos’ England centre Jack Reed will discover this week whether he needs surgery on his collarbone which would end his 2013 Rugby League World Cup hopes.
Reed was ruled out for six weeks after dislocating his collarbone but he ignored the doctor’s orders to return ahead of schedule in order to help the Broncos’ cause as they pushed for the NRL play-offs.
Broncos officials say the injury has never properly healed and Reed has continued to play on despite the fact it has dislocated in pretty much every match he has played in.
The Keighley-born star has not done any contact training over the past six weeks but has amazed the coaches with his will to play through the pain barrier for the club.
“He is a tough b*****,” said Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin. “He just kept playing.”
Reed is now waiting to discover whether he needs surgery to fix the problem once and for all and England coach Steve McNamara will be hoping that is not the case.
Surgery will effectively put him out of the World Cup and the England camp will be keeping their fingers crossed for good news.