Owen Farrell's fitness fears deepen England's injury crisis

Owen Farrell’s fitness fears deepen England’s injury crisis

  • Owen Farrell has not played since June as he struggles with mystery injury
  • Alex Lozowski has impressed for Aviva Premiership side in his absence
  • Coach Steve Borthwick admits he is in the dark over Farrell’s injury
Eddie Jones is facing a midfield injury crisis with serious doubts as to when Owen Farrell might be fit to start his season.

The 25-year-old is yet to feature this term having picked up the injury during pre-season, leaving him doubtful for England’s upcoming autumn internationals.

Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall refused to put a date on Farrell’s recovery, but believes that the fly-half is nearing a return to action.

“Owen trained on Thursday and trained as part of the opposition. That’s a good, encouraging sign,” McCall said.

“The scan he had last week came back positively, so that’s good. It’s really a case of when can Owen do all the things he needs to play. Once he can, he’ll play.

“He hasn’t placed kicked, but he’s kicking out of hands. I’m not sure if he’ll be fit for the Toulon match, but his ability to go straight back in would be a consideration.


“I’m nervous about saying too much about it because he’s just done a 45-minute training session and looked pretty good, but it’s how he feels over the next 24 hours that’s the important thing.”

England full-back Alex Goode will also sit out the visit of Wasps due to a knee problem.

“It’s not bad, it’s not an unstable knee, it’s just badly swollen. Every time he plays it swells up again, so we need to settle it down with Toulon in mind,” McCall said.


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