World Cup over for Tonga's Solomone Kata after breaking foot in Samoa clash

Tonga centre Solomone Kata has been ruled out of the Rugby League World Cup after suffering a broken foot against Samoa.

He will now miss Saturday's highly anticipated clash with the Kiwis, which decides the winner of Pool B.

The 22-year-old suffered the injury early in the second half of Saturday's 32-18 win at Waikato Stadium but played on despite showing clear signs of discomfort.

The blow means the Warriors centre will now face a recovery time of between six and 12 weeks before preparing for the 2018 NRL season.

Mate Ma'a Tonga are likely to replace Kata with Gold Coast Titans star Konrad Hurrell or West Tigers recruit Mahe Fonua.

Tongan centre Solomone Kata is hit around the head by Samoan interchange Sam Lisone during the Rugby League Rugby World Cup 2017 Pool B match - Samoa v Tonga played at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand on Saturday 4 November  2017.  

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Tongan centre Solomone Kata is hit around the head by Samoan interchange Sam Lisone. Source: Photosport