England's Double Injury Headache

England's Double Injury Headache

England have been given major injury concerns after both Manu Tuilagi and Courtney Lawes limped off in the opening quarter of Sale Shark’s 14-34 win at Franklin's Gardens.

Sale boss Steve Diamond revealed that Tuilagi may face a significant spell on the sidelines after damaging his Achilles during a muscular carry.

Manu Tuilagi, Courtney Lawes likely to miss England duty after injuries

"Somebody landed on it. We'll be assessing it overnight. I don't think it's clever. I don't think it's the best," Diamond said.


"Manu has settled in so well. We were having a bit of crack this week about how he's never played so many games, maybe that was a jinx.

"Whatever it takes to get Manu back, we'll do it, however long it takes. We'll comfort him over the next month or two and chat about a long-term career with us. We're delighted about what he's done for us so far."

"Courtney has an ankle injury and it looks pretty ginger. I wouldn't be overly hopeful of a fast return – he sustained a fairly heavy blow," Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd said.

"He'll get a scan. It's unfortunate for Courtney and maybe in the short term unfortunate for England."

England head coach Eddie Jones is due on Monday to announce a preliminary squad for fixtures against the Barbarians and Italy that take place at the end of next month as the prelude to the Autumn Nations Cup.

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