Mako Vunipola’s Six Nations involvement is in doubt after he injured a knee
The 25-year-old could be out for four to 12 weeks
It’s depending on the severity of ligament damage in the joint
England prop Mako Vunipola’s Six Nations involvement is in doubt after he injured a knee during Saracens’ win at Sale last Sunday.
Acording to Press Association Sport, Vunipola could be sidelined from between four and 12 weeks, which makes him a major doubt for England’s opening Six Nations Championship showdown with France at Twickenham on Saturday, February 4.
His brother, Billy, will also miss the Six Nations after suffering a serious knee injury during the Autumn internationals.
A month’s absence would put him on track to play in England’s match against France on 4 February.
But a longer-term lay-off would rule him out beyond their final match, against Ireland on 18 March.
Mako Vunipola played in every game of England’s 2016 Grand Slam, as well as starting each of the summer Tests – a 3-0 whitewash of Australia – and the autumn internationals against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia.
If he does miss out, Harlequins’ Joe Marler is likely to come into the England front row, though Leicester’s Ellis Genge is also in contention.