Joe Marler will likely miss out on the start of the Six Nations 2017. The twenty six year old prop has no doubt added to the head ache Eddie Jones must be feeling right now. He has to weigh up England’s options, and figure out alternatives as England seek to hold on to the Six Nations Championship title.
Marler has broken his leg playing for the Harlequins, and has been told that it could take up to five weeks for the break to heal.
As a result it is highly probable that he will be declared unfit for England’s opening Six Nations match against France on 4th February.
Eddie Jones, has a job on his hands trying to select a strong squad for the impending Six Nations with an injury list that also includes Chris Robshaw.
Robshaw was captain of England from 2012 until just after Jones appointment as head coach in 2015. The former captain has been forced to take some time out because of the injury to his shoulder. Following surgery he is still in recovery and could need up to three months to get back to full fitness.
Both Billy and Mako Vunipola are unavailable, the pair have sustained injuries to their knees. Manu Tuilagi will be off for some time because of cruciate ligament damage. George Kruis is unconfirmed and could miss out on the tournament due to a broken cheekbone.
If that wasn’t enough to deal with, flanker James Haskell, has a big question mark looming over his head after a concussion. His head injury came after a long spell out with a foot injury and the question that will be asked is; is he fit enough?
Current Captain Dylan Hartley is suspended until 23rd January following a stiff arm tackle on Leinster’s Sean O’brien back in December. He will need to ensure that he is fit in time for 4th February.
Author Lisa Wood
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