Maro Itoje will require surgery after fracturing his right hand,
The flanker suffered the injury in Saracens’ Champions Cup win over Scarlets
Saracens star Maro Itoje will require surgery after fracturing his right hand, which rules him out of England’s November Tests.
The second-row injured his hand during Saracens’ 44-26 win over Scarlets on Saturday and has been ruled out of action for six weeks.
“For any team to lose a player of the ability of Maro is a blow and he will be missed through the autumn for both Saracens and England,” Mark McCall said.
“What’s now important for Maro is his recovery and we look forward to his return later this season.”
Open-side flanker James Haskell will miss all four autumn Tests because of a toe injury, while the Wasps player’s possible replacements – Sam Jones, Mike Williams and Jack Clifford – are also sidelined.
European player of the year Itoje appeared to be the next viable option at flanker for Jones but is now ruled out.