England’s preparations for the Autumn Test series next month have taken another blow as British and Irish Lions star Ben Te’o becomes the latest worry for head coach Eddie Jones.
The Worcester Warriors centre limped off during their European Challenge Cup clash with Brive at the weekend and it has been confirmed by head coach Carl Hogg, via the Worcester News, that the 30-year-old has suffered an ankle injury that will sideline him for at least a month.
“He’s being assessed currently and will head back down to Cardiff on Monday to see whether he’ll go down a surgical route or whether it’ll be managed conservatively.
“He’s expected to be out for at least a month but we’ll find out more next week once the swelling has settled down and it’ll give us a better idea of timeframes.”
England boss Eddie Jones is already dealing with the absence of fellow centre Manu Tuilagi and it was expected that Te’o, off the back of a strong Lions tour, would be adding to his eight England caps against Argentina, Samoa and Australia next month.
Now, with the question of surgery still to be answered for the explosive Lion, he could easily miss England’s three Tests and definitely the Warriors’ next European fixture against Connacht this weekend.
With a busy calendar of Aviva Premiership clashes ahead, against Harlequins, Northampton and the Leicester Tigers, Te’o’s injury comes at a bad time for the league’s basement side.