Marcus Smith is a serious doubt for England’s opening Six Nations match towards Italy after limping out of Monday’s coaching session.
Smith was noticed on crutches in England’s coaching camp in Girona earlier than having a leg scan. His harm means Steve Borthwick’s facet could also be left with simply two fly-halves in George Ford and the uncapped Fin Smith.
England have already got a protracted listing of accidents as a number of gamers together with Manu Tuilagi, Ollie Lawrence, Anthony Watson, Luke Cowan-Dickie, George Martin and Nick Isiekwe are out.
“I’ve heard nothing on what he has finished,” stated England assault coach Richard Wigglesworth.
“Hopefully very precautionary, the medical employees listed below are usually like that. I’ve not been up to date on that, since I’ve been again but when he isn’t [fit] it might positively be a blow for us.
“It wasn’t a giant incident, that is why I hoped it was nothing a lot. He was simply jogging, it was by no means in depth however he pulled up and occurred to be proper subsequent to a physio when he did it by the sideline, so they only walked off after that. I noticed him stroll off however once you talked about crutches, I wasn’t conscious of that.”
Borthwick: Match-hardened England prepared for Six Nations battle
Borthwick’s 36-player squad have additionally comfortably racked up the best variety of minutes performed because the World Cup as a result of their Premiership and European commitments.
Whereas England will enter the Six Nations depleted by a higher workload – they’ve amassed over two hours of recreation time extra per participant than subsequent highest France – Borthwick believes they’ve benefited from the competitiveness of English golf equipment.
Six Premiership groups have reached the knockout part of the Investec Champions Cup whereas the home league itself is extra compelling that ever following its discount in groups.
“The gamers are match-hardened, in order that’s an excellent profit. Usually I’ll attempt to have a look at the Positive facet and I’ve a gaggle of gamers which might be match-hardened. They’re able to go,” Borthwick stated.
“The opposite factor is the character of the Premiership. The entire video games are counting so the leverage of all these video games is big.
“And there have been groups preventing in Europe to get qualification, preventing to discover a method to win which, once more, is an actual Positive.
“Every part we’re getting is saying all of the golf equipment are operating greater than they have been 12 months in the past, in order that’s an actual Positive.”