Second rower Jack Hughes is confident he can do a job in a makeshift threequarter line for the Great Britain rugby league team.
The Warrington forward will make his Lions debut at centre in the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch on Saturday, with Zak Hardaker switching to the wing in place of the injured Ryan Hall.
The former Leeds winger dislocated his left patella five minutes from the end of Saturday's 12-8 defeat in Auckland and has returned to Sydney to continue his recovery with his club side, the Roosters.
With Wigan centre Oliver Gildart also leaving the tour to continue his treatment for the shoulder he dislocated against Tonga, coach Wayne Bennett has been left without a specialist centre and only one recognised winger but, because of the travel and time constraints, he has decided not to send for a replacement.
Hughes began his career as a centre at Wigan and demonstrated his versatility by playing at five-eighth in his team's Challenge Cup win over St Helens in August.
"Obviously a couple of injuries have tested the depth of the squad and Wayne has asked me to jump in at centre and do a job and I'll do it all the justice I can," Hughes said.
"It's not where I thought I would make my debut but I'm happy to do a job for the team. It's about team first, especially at this level."
Assistant coach Ian Watson does not believe the enforced changes weaken the team as they go in search of a series-levelling win.
"I think Zak will be great for us being out on the edge," Watson said. "His utility value is massive for us, being able to play centre, fullback and wing.
Britain have received some positive injury news with St Helens prop Luke Thompson recovering from rib cartilage damage he sustained 12 minutes into the opening defeat by Tonga.
He sat out last Saturday's first Test defeat in Auckland but has been named on an extended bench.
Team: Jonny Lomax; Jermaine McGillvary, Jack Hughes, Jake Connor, Zak Hardaker ; Gareth Widdop, Jackson Hastings; Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Tom Burgess, John Bateman, Elliott Whitehead, James Graham. Res (from): Josh Jones, Joe Philbin, Darryl Clark, Alex Walmsley, Blake Austin, George Williams, Luke Thompson, Lachlan Coote.
Australian Associated Press