"Can't give you a timescale" - A sixth player has been ruled out of England's Six Nations opener - Ruck

“Can’t give you a timescale” – A sixth player has been ruled out of England’s Six Nations opener

Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter has confirmed Jonny Hill will likely be unavailable for England’s 2022 Six Nations campaign.

Baxter said: “Jonny Hill has – some people call it a stress fracture, some people call it a stress reaction – to his lower leg and high ankle. “He has been in a boot to offload that.

“At this stage it is just something that is being managed rather than looking to have an operation.

“It is just going to be about the length of time for that to settle down and get back to a normal loading [training] pattern.

“He is with England now and they will be taking on the assessment with him, for us it has meant the last couple of weeks have been a no go for him having assessed and treated him.

Baxter continued: “I can’t really give you a timescale, I was told at the time it could be six weeks, it could be slightly longer or shorter but that was the initial prognosis.

“It will be monitored day by day.”

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All the latest information on injuries and suspensions in the England Six Nations squad, with updates taken directly from Eddie Jones press conferences and interviews.

#1. Owen Farrell

Farrell was initially named skipper when the squad was announced, only for him to suffer an injury setback at Saracens training.

Jones said: “Owen has had his operation so he’ll be out of the Six Nations. Massive blow for him personally, but it’s a chance for people to step up.”

His club Sarries revealed in a statement: “Owen Farrell will undergo surgery today on an ankle injury sustained in training last week.

“The recovery period has been estimated at eight to ten weeks until his return to action.”

Owen Farrell of England limps off injured during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Australia at Twickenham on 13 November 2021. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK

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