Hopes are rising that all three injured English forwards could be fit to face New Zealand in their must-win Four Nations match on Saturday. Jamie Peacock, James Graham and Gareth Ellis all missed most of the second half of the defeat by Australia at Wembley.
Peacock has had a scan on his right knee, while his two team-mates are both battling lower back strains.
"The players are responding to treatment and we will get a clearer picture of their fitness later in the week," said the England coach, Steve McNamara.
Two front-rowers who have yet to break into the unchanged England team in the tournament – Leeds' Ryan Bailey and Garreth Carvell of Warrington – are standing by for possible call-ups.
Australia's Tony Williams will serve a one-match ban for his dangerous tackle on Ben Westwood in the victory over England at Wembley after opting not to appeal the charge.Reuse content