Johnathan Thurston has pulled out of Australia’s Four Nations squad with a shoulder injury.
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Johnathan Thurston has been ruled out of Australia’s Four Nations campaign with a shoulder injury.
The Cowboys confirmed on Wednesday that Thurston had withdrawn from the Kangaroos squad which was due to be announced on Monday.
“It was a really difficult decision to have to make but in the end, the doctor really took it out of my hands when I saw him yesterday,” Thurston said in a statement.
“You never want to miss playing rep footy, and I’m very proud of my record in that area, but this time there’s no other option.
“I’d like to wish the Kangaroos all the best for the Four Nations.
“I’ll definitely be watching every match they play and cheering them on.”
Thurston joins a long list of players unavailable for the tourament, which begins later this month.
Billy Slater (shoulder), Brett Morris (shoulder), Darius Boyd (personal issues), Matt Scott (shoulder), James Tamou (neck) Nate Myles (biceps) and Paul Gallen (suspension) are also all unavailable for the tournament.
Australia begin their Four Nations campaign against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium on October 25.
The final will be played in Wellington on November 15.