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England’s preparations for the 2011 Gillette Four Nations tournament has taken another blow with news that Huddersfield Giants forward, Eorl Crabtree has been forced to withdraw from the train-on squad.

The 28-year-old will have an operation on a shoulder problem which will rule him out of the entire international season, including the Four Nations.

Furthermore the England Knights have also had their train-on squad depleted with quartet of Dale Ferguson (shoulder), Michael Lawrence (wrist), Jermaine McGillvary (ankle) and Larne Patrick (shoulder) all having to pull out due to injury.

The England Knights are due to play France (October 15) and Samoa (October 22) in the lead up to the Four Nations.

Eorl Crabtree England Stats:
Debut: 2004
Caps: 14
Tries: 3
Goals: 0
Points: 12