Maro Itoje has emerged as a doubt for England’s 2019 Six Nations opener against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on February 2nd.
Saracens confirmed today that Itoje suffered a knee injury during international duty with England. The 24-year-old has a chip in his kneecap and will be sidelined for “a number of weeks”.
According to a report in The Telegraph, this type of injury generally takes up to six weeks to heal which will be about two weeks before England’s trip to Dublin but the second-row will have to prove his fitness in the short window that follows.
The injury occurred during the win over Australia but it was only after Saracens’ victory over Wasps at the weekend that the 24-year-old’s knee swelled up and the problem became apparent.
Eddie Jones will bring his England squad to Portugal for a warm-weather training camp the week before the Six Nations begins and he will hope that Itoje will be present and available for selection considering the excellent form the Saracens man has produced this season.
There was some positive injury news from a Saracens perspective, however. Mako Vunipola has recovered from a calf strain and he has been named to start in the English club’s Heineken Champions Cup Round 3 clash with the Cardiff Blues at Allianz Park.
George Kruis is another week away from returning to full fitness while Mako’s brother, Billy, is expected to return at the end of the month.