Sam Burgess has been ruled from the Great Britain tour to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
A 21, the 30-year-old suffered a recurrence of a shoulder injury in the NRL semi-final conquer of his club to Canberra Raiders and will be set to undergo surgery.
As they prepare to embark on the Lions tour for 23 years, the loss of Burgess, who made his Great Britain debut in 2007 within an 18-year-old from the Kiwis, is a major setback to get Wayne Bennetts staff.
Rugby Football League softball manager Kevin Sinfield said on Tuesday:We made it confirmed this morning that Sam Burgess is going to be from the tour sadly.
Its very disappointing. He has had an ongoing problem. As are we, he is completely gutted.
Weve seen how special its to all of our players, Sam was among those chosen few previously who have worn the top and did outstandingly well inside.
He is a pioneer and a true huge part in this dressing room and on the area he is world class so well certainly miss him.
It will offer somebody else with the opportunity and they can catch it.
The RFL announced a 16-man England squad to the World Cup Nines, together with 11 of them remaining for the Lions tour.
Additional NRL-based players and agents from Saturdays Grand Final between Salford and St Helens will boost that squad until it is announced on Monday.
One of the forward on stand-by is Castleford prop Liam Watts, however, Sinfield said:Theres still a good deal to be determined.
Youd expect a large determined to participate from the Grand Final in the weekend and we are going to piece all that together on Sunday morning.
Weve a fantastic notion of where were at and Wayne is completely across all. We have had six selectors hard at work pulling squads together, it is possibly the most rigorous selection procedure we have ever had.
Sinfield confirmed that former Leeds center Kallum Watkins, now with Gold Coast Titans, was not chosen due to a rib injury as well as a final decision has yet to be created on the fitness Wigan loose forward Sean OLoughlin, whos predicted to be named Lions captain.
Meanwhile, the Sinfield states newly-crowned Man of Steel Jackson Hastings is in contention after belatedly demonstrating his eligibility.
The Salford half-back was created in Australia but, such as Warrington stand-off Blake Austin, has an grandparent and he awakened papers to show his qualification.
We would have liked to have it confirmed a little bit earlier, particularly when you believe how quick Blake had been, Sinfield stated.
But now we know where Jackson was and today hes in contention like everyone else.
it is a pity hes missed some of those sessions we conducted throughout the year but, by my experience of spending a bit of time with himhes a rather a sociable lad who will fit into many dressing rooms.