England's James Graham will miss his country's clash with Scotland.
England's James Graham will miss his country's clash with Scotland. ROSS SETFORD

Graham injury rocks England

RUGBY LEAGUE: Wayne Bennett won't have James Graham available for the weekend's Four Nations match against Scotland but is confident the Bulldogs prop will be ready to face Australia the following week.

Vice-captain Graham has been a regular member of the England team over the past eight years, but has been forced out of the game at Coventry's Ricoh Arena with a knee injury.

"James Graham is the only one who won't be available for selection this weekend,” Bennett told media in Birmingham.

"He's got a small medial tear. It's not serious, he should be right next week.”

Graham filled in for a suspended Sam Burgess as skipper in the recent game against France.

Burgess returned for last Saturday's Four Nations opener against New Zealand and will play against the Bravehearts despite complaining of having a sore side during training.

Bennett said the side had licked its wounds and moved on from its heartbreaking 17-16 defeat to the Kiwis.

"Everybody turned up in good spirits,” he said.

"I've had enough losses in my life to be able to handle them and help players handle them.

"What we want is another game playing together to get used to each other, that's the key.”



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