England’s Six Nations preparations have received yet another blow, after the extent of Anthony Watson’s injury was revealed.
Eddie Jones’ side are already without the likes Chris Robshaw, Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola, while concerns surround the availability of James Haskell and Joe Marler in the opening rounds of the Championship.
Watson suffered a hamstring strain during England’s training camp in Portugal, and underwent a scan on Saturday to determine the extent of the injury.
The results of which have been made public by the RFU, and rule Watson out for a period of three to four weeks.
? SQUAD UPDATE | Anthony Watson has sustained a muscular strain to his hamstring which will require a rehabilitation period of 3 to 4 weeks. pic.twitter.com/MHzmZF6FnJ
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) January 29, 2017
This means that the Bath winger will definitely miss England’s opening fixtures against France and Wales, but could be in contention for their third round tie with Italy on February 26.
Thoughts will now turn to a possible replacement, with Elliot Daly, Jonny May and Semesa Rokoduguni all available.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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