Joe Marler has grow to be the newest harm concern for England after struggling an arm downside throughout Harlequins’ win over Gloucester within the Premiership; Six Nations begins on February 2 with France vs Eire, then England play a day later towards Italy
Final Up to date: 03/01/24 5:13pm
Harlequins prop Joe Marler’s arm harm is being assessed by specialists amid front-row issues for England forward of the Six Nations.
Marler’s fellow loosehead props Ellis Genge, Bevan Rodd, Mako Vunipola and Val Rapava-Ruskin are all at the moment on the sidelines.
And Quins are awaiting a full medical verdict on Marler, who went off throughout the Premiership victory over Gloucester at Twickenham on Saturday.
England head coach Steve Borthwick has doubtlessly been introduced with a serious headache only a month earlier than England’s Six Nations opener towards Italy in Rome.
His issues embody a four-match ban being imposed on Saracens’ Vunipola, who was despatched off for a harmful deal with towards Premiership opponents Newcastle.
Though he will probably be accessible if required for the Six Nations, skilled campaigner Vunipola can not play once more till after Saracens’ Premiership appointment with Exeter, which is barely per week earlier than the Italy conflict.
Vunipola missed out on the Rugby World Cup in France, with Borthwick selecting Genge, Marler and Rodd to fill three loosehead slots.
Genge, an England captaincy contender following Owen Farrell’s resolution to overlook the Six Nations, final featured for his membership Bristol on December 2. He has been sidelined as a result of a hamstring harm.
Sale ahead Rodd is out for the remainder of this season after present process toe surgical procedure and Gloucester’s Rapava-Ruskin, who was a part of England’s World Cup coaching squad final yr, is one other long-term absentee following a knee operation.
Borthwick will announce his Six Nations squad within the close to future, with prop assets seemingly being stretched.
On 88 times-capped Marler, Quins rugby director Billy Millard stated: “We had three huge accidents within the first half to 3 very influential and key decision-makers on the pitch (Marler, Dino Lamb and Stephan Lewies).
“To be completely trustworthy, they’re nonetheless seeing specialists. I feel a few of them have turned out alright, however I’m nonetheless not 100 per cent clear on the three. We’re nonetheless ready for whole readability.
“It is his (Marler’s) arm, however once more, they’re getting MRIs and there are specialists it and till I’m 100 per cent clear I would not need to speculate.
“God love him, he battled on for a very long time, however now we have received specialists him as we converse. I doubt very a lot he will probably be accessible for choice (towards Newcastle on Friday).
“Fingers crossed, it is just a short-term one. Joe is Joe. He’s huge for us in so some ways. Hopefully, it isn’t a protracted one for him.”
On a Positive observe, Genge’s scenario seems to be bettering, with Bristol rugby director Pat Lam stating: “He’s again operating now, so he’s on monitor.
“He’s definitely going to make the Six Nations, whether or not he makes the beginning…crucial factor is that he will get again to taking part in.”