MARO ITOJE has given Eddie Jones a Six Nations scare after choosing up a cracked kneecap on England responsibility.
Saracens say their star lock might be out for “quite a lot of weeks” after struggling a knee damage in the course of the last autumn Take a look at week.
Lions hero Itoje performed on for 2 video games, the Crimson Rose’s conquer Australia after which Saracens’ Premiership victory over Wasps final weekend, earlier than he may stick with it no extra.
It’s a blow for Sarries, who face Cardiff Blues within the Champions Cup tomorrow.
Itoje might be monitored over the approaching weeks however, for now, each membership and nation really feel there isn’t any want for surgical procedure.
With England’s Six Nations kicking off on February 2 in opposition to Eire, there’s nonetheless eight weeks for him to get match for Dublin.
Itoje, 24, is central to boss Jones’ plans as England battle to get well from final time’s fifth place — their worst Six Nations ever.
Some restoration time additionally signifies that Itoje can consider nailing down a brand new Sarries contract, which ends in 2019.
He has been billed because the Premiership’s first £1million participant — however that determine would come with all his industrial offers.
There have been affords from France but Itoje is aware of that might finish his England profession.
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Having already won 26 caps, he is billed as a future Red Rose skipper.
Nick Isiekwe could now fill Itoje’s boots for Saracens — and possibly England.