BLAKE Austin has been cleared of major injury to his knee after receiving the results of scans this week.

The Wire stand-off suffered medial ligament damage during last Thursday’s Super League elimination play-off defeat to Castleford Tigers.

Scans have revealed the 28-year-old suffered a Grade Two tear to the ligament and his recovery is expected to take three to four weeks.

This means Austin’s chances of featuring in the season-ending Great Britain tour to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea have been boosted.

“It looks like a medial ligament in the knee. I’m not quite sure what the recovery time will be as it depends what grade it is,” Wire head coach Steve Price said after Thursday’s game.

“It’s difficult to say about Great Britain. You’d have to ask Wayne (Bennett, Great Britain head coach) and his medical staff.”

Austin suffered the injury in the first half of The Wire’s 14-12 defeat at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Despite appearing to be in considerable pain and with his movement severely hindered, Austin attempted to carry on playing after several on-field conversations with the club’s medical staff.

He made it to half time but did not reappear for the second half.

“I wasn’t privy to what was going on with the medical staff on the field,” Price said.

“We had a look at half time and he wasn’t right so we made that switch.”