6 Nov 2011

Billy Slater's collarbone surgery delayed

11:44 am on 6 November 2011

Storm star Billy Slater faces a decision whether to have surgery to repair his broken collarbone in England or Australia, after a planned procedure was cancelled at a private hospital in London.

Slater broke his collarbone in the 36-20 Four Nations win over England at Wembley on Sunday and arrived at hospital expecting to go under the knife that night.

However, the specialist advised the Melbourne fullback he was unable to perform the operation as a member of his team was unavailable.

The Queensland star must now decide if he wants to wait until returning to Melbourne to have the operation, or wait until next week when it can be completed in London.

Slater, who was voted international player of the year earlier this week, was helped off the pitch after 11 minutes when he cracked his right clavicle trying to prevent England winger Ryan Hall from giving the hosts the lead.

Australia physio Tony Ayoub confirmed the injury would sideline the Melbourne fullback for up to two months.

Tries from Luke Lewis, Tony Williams, Greg Inglis, Paul Gallen, Boyd and Chris Lawrence sealed the win in front of a crowd of 42,344.

England competed well for most of the game, but were made to pay for making simple errors, despite two tries to Hall and four-pointers for Chris Heighington and Jack Reed.

Johnathan Thurston was superb for the Kangaroos, kicking six goals and producing a dominant display from halfback.

However, Williams faces a nervous wait to see if he will be charged by the match review committee after being put on report for a high shot on Ben Westwood.