Courtney Lawes ruled out for three months and will miss England’s autumn Tests after suffering ankle injury as Eddie Jones is dealt second major blow after Manu Tuilagi damaged his achilles in same game
- Northampton lock Courtney Lawes has been ruled out of action for three months
- Lawes picked up an ankle injury and will miss England’s autumn schedule
- It’s a huge blow to England head coach Eddie Jones who is without two main men
- Manu Tuilagi is also facing a long spell on the sidelines after injuring his achilles
- The pair were both injured in Northampton’s game against Sale last week
England head coach Eddie Jones has been dealt a second major injury blow with lock Courtney Lawes ruled out of action for up to 12 weeks.
The Northampton forward, who has won 85 caps, was taken off just nine minutes into the match against Sale last week after suffering a nasty-looking ankle injury.
He will now miss England’s six-match autumn schedule, in addition to European and domestic fixtures for his club.
Courtney Lawes has been ruled out for three months after suffering an ankle injury last week
Northampton lock was taken off just nine minutes into the match against Sale last Tuesday
It is another setback for Jones, with Sale centre Manu Tuilagi facing six months sidelined after he suffered an achilles injury in the same game eight days ago.
Both players started the World Cup final against South Africa last autumn, and they remain integral parts of Jones’ plans.
In a statement, Northampton said: ‘Northampton Saints can confirm that, following consultation between the club’s medical staff and a specialist, Courtney Lawes will undergo surgery on the ankle injury he sustained against Sale Sharks last week.
Manu Tuilagi is also facing a long spell out after he injured his achilles in the same game
The news will come as huge blow to England head coach Eddie Jones following Lawes’ injury
‘The 31-year-old England lock will require a rehabilitation period of approximately 12 weeks.’
England play the Barbarians on October 25, followed by their delayed 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship clash against Italy in Rome six days later.
Jones’ men then face Autumn Nations Cup appointments with Georgia, Ireland and Wales, plus a play-off fixture in early December.
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