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Wests Tigers forward Ben Murdoch-Masila suffered an ankle injury during Tongas opening match of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup against Scotland last week.

According to Tongas medical staff, Murdoch-Masila is progressing well and the injury is not as serious as initially feared.

The barnstorming forward was twisted awkwardly during the early stages of the 26-24 loss, with MRI scans revealing damage to the high ankle with no separation of the syndesmosis or ankle mortise.

Murdoch-Masila will be monitored over the coming days as to whether he takes any further part in the tournament.

Tonga has two remaining pool matches against Cook Islands (tomorrow 6:30am AEDT) and Italy (Monday 3am AEDT).

Wests Tigers will advise if there are any further developments on Murdoch-Masilas injury.