Eddie Jones might have a few selection headaches ahead of the November internationals.
When Richard Cockerill effectively ruled Manu Tuilagi out of England’s upcoming November series against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia, he brought the number of injured internationals up to 11.
Although most of the players on the injury list will be available for the autumn series, some like the unfortunate Tuilagi will have to watch from the sidelines.
Nevertheless, what will trouble Eddie Jones most is the fact that each of the 11 players are among his established match day 23.
While most are expected to make a return during the next few weeks, the England coach will be keeping a close eye on developments as he is naming his squad next Friday.
Dylan Hartley was forced off the field against Bristol with a back problem and hasn’t been risked since by the Northampton Saints.
However he should make a recovery in the coming weeks.
After injuring his back during pre-season, Owen Farrell has yet to feature this season for Saracens, raising concerns over his match fitness ahead of the November series.
However, like Hartley, the Saracens fly-half is expected to make a return in the coming weeks.
England’s player of the series against Australia, James Haskell will miss the Autumn internationals as he recovers from the toe injury sustained against the Wallabies.
Jack Clifford was the most likely candidate to replace Haskell in England’s backrow, but unfortunately picked up an ankle injury that requires surgery while playing for Harlequins, ruling him out of the Autumn series.
George Kruis has missed Saracen’s last two Premiership fixtures with a back problem, but is expected to make a return in the not too distant future.
Joe Marler was forced off the field during the opening minute of Harlequins win over Saracens yesterday, and it is not yet known how long he will be out of action.
Like his Harlequins colleague, Danny Care had to be replaced yesterday after suffering a rib injury. This week proving to be particularly costly for Quins on the injury front.
After playing throughout England’s summer tour with a fractured thumb, Jack Nowell underwent surgery and is now expected to return on October.
After being forced to sit on the sidelines for the best part of two seasons, Manu Tuilagi hasn’t managed to feature for an extended period due to injury.
Although the destructive centre was expected to return from his latest groin injury in October, Leicester Tigers coach Richard Cockerill has this evening revealed Tuilagi will be out of action for a further six to eight weeks.
Like his perspective England centre partner, Jonathan Joseph was withdrawn during today’s game with a thigh injury. The extent of which is not yet known