Saturday 20 July 2019

Farrell concern for England

Owen Farrell. Photo: Reuters
Owen Farrell. Photo: Reuters

England's preparations for the Six Nations have been dealt a grievous blow by a thumb injury to Owen Farrell. The England captain was announced on Friday in the Saracens team to play Glasgow yesterday, only to be pulled on the morning of the match. He had surgery on a tendon in his thumb yesterday to fix an injury picked up in training on, presumably, the Friday.

"It's a simple procedure," said Sarries boss Mark McCall. "He should be back in seven to 10 days."

England leave for a training camp in Portugal on Wednesday. Farrell is expected to travel as planned, but clearly will take no part in training. McCall insists he will be fit in time for the opener in Dublin.

England coach Eddie Jones will hope so. He is already without one captain, Dylan Hartley, who is expected to miss at least the first two rounds of the championship.

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