England head coach, Eddie Jones, has been dealt a huge blow with the news that flanker, Sam Underhill, will miss the Six Nations following surgery on his ankle.
The 22-year-old sustained the injury during Bath’s 23-16 win over Leicester Tigers in the Premiership last month.
According to BBC Sport, Underhill is expected to be out for three months, meaning he will miss all of England’s Six Nations clashes.
The flanker was first called up to the English senior side for their summer tour of Argentina in 2017 and featured throughout the Six Nations campaign last year.
Underhill was one of the stars of the international side during their November Series run and carried that form into Bath’s Heineken Champions Cup clashes.
The news will, no doubt, be a blow to Jones who is preparing his side for their opening clash against champions, Ireland, on February 2 in Dublin.
However, there was good news for the international camp this week with the return of Billy Vunipola to competitive action for Saracens.
England will have a point to prove in this competition following a disappointing showing in 2018 that saw them finish fifth in the table, 16 points behind Ireland.