The Rugby Football Union has confirmed that Saracens fly half Owen Farrell will miss the entirety of the Six Nations championship.
Owen Farrell was assessed by a specialist yesterday evening who confirmed that he had suffered a high grade medial ligament strain that will keep him out for the duration of the Championship.
The England international stand-off suffered a knee injury in Saracens 18-6 European Championship defeat against Clermont Auvergne. After having to leave the stadium on crutches, he was initially ruled out of the tournaments opening clash with Wales at the Millennium stadium.
No news has been released whether or not the player will need surgery on the knee. If then it could leave him short for the rugby World Cup in September. England head coach Stuart Lancaster admitted it was a major setback for his squad, but talked up the talent in reserve.
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“It’s a real shame for Owen that he sustained this injury and we wish him the best for his recovery. We are fortunate to have three other No 10s in the squad in what is a very competitive position and we will look forward to seeing how they go over the Six 6 Nations," he said in a press release from the RFU.
“We will continue to assess and treat the other players’ injuries and will provide an update at the launch tomorrow.”
One Man's Misfortune
The injury leaves Danny Cipriani and Stephen Myler to fight for a position as understudy to the current incumbent number 10 George Ford.
Lock Geoff Parling (Leicester) and centre Brad Barritt (Saracens) are also being treated for knee medial ligament strains. Back rower Tom Wood (Northampton) is being assessed for an ankle injury and centre Kyle Eastmond (Bath) picked up a stinger against Glasgow.
"We will continue to assess and treat the other players’ injuries and will provide an update at the launch tomorrow,” said Lancaster in relation to other injuries in the squad.
Growing Injury List
The latest injury news adds to a growing list of absentees that will miss the Six Nations opener in Cardiff. The casualties are: Ben Morgan (broken leg), Ben Foden (ACL), Manu Tuilagi (groin strain), Courtney Lawes (ankle), Joe Launchbury (neck), Ed Slater (knee), Tom Wood (ankle), Brad Barritt (knee), Geoff Parling (knee), Kyle Eastmond (shoulder).