Mike Brown has added to Eddie Jones’ injury concerns after the experienced Harlequins full-back had a scan yesterday for a recurring ankle injury, report Planet Rugby.
The combative 32-year-old, England’s most capped full-back with 64 appearances, picked up the injury during his side’s 24-21 away win over Premiership runners-up Wasps two weeks ago.
And Brown in his twelfth season at the Stoop, aggravated the injury last Saturday during Harlequins’ narrow 28-31 defeat to Leicester.
Definitely out of Saturday’s away clash against fourth-placed Northampton, the hard-running back is now nervously waiting to see what the results of the scan will be, amid concerns that he could be a doubt for the Autumn Series.
If the injury were to prove serious, it would represent another blow to Eddie Jones’ preparations for the upcoming internationals, which see them take on Argentina, Australia and Samoa.
With the talismanic Billy Vunipola already ruled out as well as Manu Tuilagi, the absence of Brown, who has been a fixture of Jones’ starting XV since the Australian took over the reigns in December 2015, would be further bad news for the coach.
Speaking about one of his key men’s injury, Harlequins Director of Rugby John Kingston confirmed that Brown would miss the clash against Northampton, explaining that the ankle was ”not quite right” and that it was “better to leave it a bit and give it some more time”,
“It’s clearly something which is not quite right, and therefore, after he’s re-aggravated it, it’s better to leave it a bit and give it some more time”.
Describing in more detail how the ankle was looking, Kingston said:
“He has been away with England for two or three days and they have done some treatment on it. He is not fit so we will get a scan and see what we are dealing with. He left it in a boot on Saturday and it was pretty swollen”.
Kingston will be hoping that his longest-serving player, who has made over 280 appearances for the club and has scored over 400 points for them, will be back as soon as possible.
While Eddie Jones will be hoping that the two-time Six Nations winner will be lining up against Argentina come November 11.
Hefin Jones, Pundit Arena