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Australia coach Tim Sheens says Beau Scott is unlikely to feature in Saturday’s Four Nations final against New Zealand.
It was believed Scott would be fit to play in the final after injuring his hamstring against England over a week ago, but he has not recovered as expected.
Scott was not listed in the extended Kangaroos 20-man squad to face the Kiwis in Wellington.
Sheens told News Corp that Scott would be given up to the eve of the match to prove his fitness, but admitted the Newcastle Knights man was facing an uphill battle.
“I am waiting on Beau Scott, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll play,” Sheens told News Corp.
“We’ve named a side today that was the same as last week, but that may change by the end of the week. I would say Beau is a less than 50 per cent chance of playing. I’ll give him some time, but from what I’m being told by the medical staff, he’s unlikely.
“We won’t name him … whether he’s available later in the week might change, but we’ll see.”
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