Murdoch-Masila hoping to line-up against Italy

Wests Tigers and Tonga second rower Ben Murdoch-Masila has put paid to reports of a serious leg injury, claiming he might be back in time for Tonga's crucial next game against Italy on Sunday.


Speaking after Tonga's 22-16 victory over the Cook Islands, Murdoch-Masila was upbeat about his chances of playing in the tournament.


"The doc told me 2-4 weeks," said Murdoch-Masila.


"I've been working hard with the physio. He thinks I might be back for the next game against Italy."


Murdoch-Masila wasn't getting ahead of himself, despite his positivity, saying he wouldn't risk coming back a match early.


"We're pushing it to make it," said Murdoch-Masila. "If we're not quite ready, I'll rest it."


The explosive forward laughed off rumours he had done a more serious injury, saying he was shocked to read reports he would miss months with the injury.


"It's all good," said Murdoch-Masila. "I heard that everyone said I'd broken my leg or something!"


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