Bath winger Anthony Watson is likely to miss England’s entire Autumn Test series following confirmation that he suffered an injury in training earlier this week.
The 22-year-old suffered a fractured jaw while in camp with Eddie Jones and his international team-mates in Brighton.
Commenting on the situation to the Bath Rugby website, Watson’s club coach, Todd Blackadder, said: “Anthony broke his jaw in the England training camp earlier this week.
“It’s too early for a full medical prognosis on how long he’ll be out for, but it’s likely he’ll miss the Autumn Internationals. He’s in great hands with our medical team, and we look forward to seeing him back on the pitch when he’s ready.”
Back row forward Sam Jones sustained a broken leg in training in recent days – adding to an already considerable injury list for Jones to contend with ahead of fixtures against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and old rivals Australia next month.
Watson, in particular, will be a massive loss given his current form for club and country with initial estimates of between six and nine weeks on the sidelines if the injury is as serious as initially feared. The Red Rose man will miss Bath’s game against Sale Sharks on Friday evening at a very minimum.