England’s Six Nations hopes were dealt a blow earlier this month when it was confirmed that Maro Itoje suffered a fractured jaw in Saracens’ loss to Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership.
At the time, it was believed by many that the towering lock would miss a significant portion of England’s Six Nations campaign, which gets underway in just seven weeks time. However, good news coming out of the Saracens camp is that a specialist, who examined Itoje last week, has confirmed that the 23-year-old will likely make his return to club rugby action for the next block of European fixtures in January.
This will allow Itoje the perfect opportunity to regain some fitness and form after the injury he suffered as a result of a collision with his international colleague, Mike Brown.
“Maro is probably three or four weeks away,” Mark McCall told The Guardian. “He went to see the specialist who said a maximum of six weeks and he’s already had a week and a half.”
England get their Six Nations campaign underway with a trip to face Conor O’Shea’s Italy at the Stadio Olimpico and while Itoje’s inclusion is undoubtedly a massive boost, it is likely a further boost to Saracens who have been suffering from a disastrous run of form of late and the second row’s return in January should provide some help to a club looking to make the knockout stages of the Champions Cup.