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Thaiday set for surgery in London

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/11/2016 Ian McCullough

Sam Thaiday of Australia gives the thumbs up to Australian fans during the Four Nations match between the England and Australian Kangaroos at Olympic Stadium on November 13, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. © Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Sam Thaiday of Australia gives the thumbs up to Australian fans during the Four Nations match between the England and Australian Kangaroos at Olympic Stadium on November 13, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. Veteran back-rower Sam Thaiday will undergo surgery in London on Tuesday after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket during Australia's win over England.

Thaiday, sustained the injury in a collision with England prop James Graham in the second half of the 36-18 win at the London Stadium and immediately left the field.

The Queensland and Brisbane NRL star will miss Sunday's final against New Zealand at Anfield and becomes the second player in the Kangaroos squad to suffer a tournament-ending injury.

Josh Mansour was finally able to fly home last week after sustaining torn anterior cruciate ligaments during a training collision with Josh Dugan at Burton a fortnight ago.

Thaiday, 31, has come off the interchange bench in every game of the tournament and his spot against the Kiwis is likely to be taken by either Shannon Boyd or young Manly back-rower Jake Trbojevic.

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