Burgess picked up a ligament injury in the defeat to Australia in the opening game of the tournament but is back in training and fit to face Papua New Guinea on Sunday where he will come in for Cronulla forward Chris Heighington.
England coach Wayne Bennett suggested Burgess, whose brother Tom is on the bench, is likely to feature for fewer minutes, with a potential semi-final against either Tonga or Lebanon in mind.
"Sam brings a lot but right now his priority is to play well and not worry about the team. The team has been playing well without him," said Bennett.
"If he is playing on the edge it is not as demanding physically as it is in the middle so he might be able to get through the whole game or he might not.
"It is not a real issue in the first half, it's something for the second half."