Mako Vunipola will not be fit until the end of England’s Rugby World Cup pool-stage campaign after suffering a setback with his hamstring injury.
It was initially hoped the England prop would be fit for England’s tournament opener against Tonga on 22 September.
“He’s probably going to be right for the third or fourth game,” coach Eddie Jones said after England beat Italy 37-0 in Newcastle.
“He just had a little scar tissue which was impairing his movement.”
“But that’s all been fixed. He’s progressing really well now.”
The England boss added: “Jack Nowell is probably in the same category [as Vunipola],
“They are important players for us so we are prepared to be patient with them.”