England Hit With Another Major Injury Blow Ahead Of Autumn Schedule
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England boss Eddie Jones has been hit with another massive injury blow with Northampton Saints confirming lock Courtney Lawes will miss the upcoming Autumn schedule.
Following consultation with the club’s medical staff and a specialist, Lawes will undergo surgery on the ankle injury he sustained against Sale Sharks last week.
The 31-year-old second-row will require a rehabilitation period of approximately 12 weeks.
Jones has already lost the services of George Kruis following his Saracens departure leaving him light in the engine-room for their busy upcoming schedule.
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Episode 8 has arrived – a full day early this week featuring Eddie Jones, Jamie Heaslip, Ronan Kelleher and Felipe Contepomi. 🎙 – Jason & Jamie Heaslip look back on the Irish provinces in the PRO14 over the weekend and look forward to the next round. ☘️ – Munster's last-minute heroics, a tough game for Ulster, the Bundee Aki show and business as usual for Leinster. 🏉 – Felipe Contepomi on Johnny Sexton's injury, the tighthead situation with Porter/Furlong and if the PRO14 is adequate preparation. 🤔 – Ronan Kelleher on his Ireland ambitions and finally playing an away game. ✈️ – The absolutely crazy fiasco with Sale Sharks in the English Premiership. 🤯 – Eddie Jons on rugby's financial problems, Manu Tuilagi's injury and adapting to the new breakdown interpretations. 🏴 Available now wherever you get your podcasts. 🎧
The news comes shortly after it was confirmed that centre Manu Tuilagi will be out for around 6 months after he tore his Achilles in the same game.
The 29-year-old will also require surgery and faces a long road to recovery.
Jones may also be unable to call on a number of Sale Sharks players as a result of their recent outbreak that saw their game with Worcester called off.