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Kangaroos captain Darren Lockyer and forward Nathan Hindmarsh have both been ruled out of the rest of the Tri Nations rugby league series with injury.
Lockyer will be out of action for 2-3 months after suffering a broken bone in his foot while playing touch football at training in Paris yesterday. Hindmarsh aggravated the knee that kept him out of the NRL finals series during the same session at Surenes Rugby Union Club on the outskirts of the French capital.
A decision will be made in the next couple of days after consultation with the Australian Rugby League on whether either player will return to Australia or if a replacement will be brought in to join the Australian camp.
Lockyer's absence is expected to pave the way for Trent Barrett to move into the starting team at five eighth for the remaining Tri-Nations Test matches.