Chris Robshaw awaits specialist’s verdict

Chris Robshaw awaits specialist’s verdict which could keep him out of the Six Nations

  • Chris Robshaw will learn the severity of his shoulder problem on Monday
  • The flanker aggravated a pre-existing injury in Harlequins’ defeat at Worcester
  • He is added to the long list of doubts for England ahead of March’s Six Nations
Harlequins and England flanker Chris Robshaw will learn the severity of the shoulder problem that threatens his involvement in England’s RBS Six Nations defence next Monday.

Robshaw missed the Big Game against Gloucester back on December 27, then played against Worcester days later where his shoulder flared up once more.

The 30-year-old was a limited participant in England’s training camp in Brighton and following a scan is now waiting for the verdict of a specialist to see whether he requires an operation.

“I’m seeing a specialist on Monday and will know a bit more after that,” revealed Robshaw.

“It’s all up in the air at the moment and it’s hard to know exactly where I stand. Once we get to Monday, we’ll know the position we’re in.

“It feels fine in everyday life but rugby isn’t everyday life, that’s the thing. It’s got to be ready for rugby.

“We’ll see if it settles down a bit before Monday and then take it from there and make a decision.”

England are already set to be without Billy and Mako Vunipola for the opening game of the Six Nations against France, while lock George Kruis’ fitness is also a concern.

Joe Launchbury though has offered Eddie Jones a timely boost. The Wasps lock’s calf injury is not as bad as first feared, according to Standard Sport, and he could return to face Toulouse in the Champions Cup on January 14.

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