Thursday 18 January 2018

Itoje's Six Nations in doubt

Maro Itoje
Maro Itoje

Mick Cleary

Saracens and England will learn today whether Maro Itoje will be available for their key European Champions Cup games against Clermont Auvergne in the short-term and the 2018 Six Nations championship in the longer-term.

The 23-year-old was referred to a consultant following scans on a facial injury incurred in the Aviva Premiership match against Harlequins on Sunday.

Itoje, who featured in two of the three autumn internationals, collided with England team-mate and Quins' full-back, Mike Brown, shortly after half-time and was led from the field with blood streaming from his mouth.

The fear is that Itoje might have sustained structural damage to the jaw, cheekbone or eye socket. Another England colleague, Exeter Chiefs wing, Jack Nowell, has only just returned to action following two months on the sidelines with a fractured cheek and eye socket.

England open the defence of their Six Nations title against Italy in Rome on February 4.

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