Sport Joe Marler broken leg deepens England injury crisis for Six Nations

13:00  12 january  2017
13:00  12 january  2017 Source:   International Business Times

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England ’s pack for their Six Nations defence has been further weakened after Joe Marler was ruled out of the start of the championship with a broken leg . The Harlequins prop was withdrawn from Saturday’s match against Sale after feeling discomfort during the warm-up. It was initially thought he had a calf problem but scans have revealed a fracture to his lower leg . Read more: Joe Marler interview: All players should see a psychologist.

Harlequins prop becomes sixth player ruled out of part of the Championships which start on 4 February.

Joe Marler © Getty Images Joe Marler

England will be without Joe Marler for the start of the defence of their Six Nations title after the Harlequins prop was ruled out for between four and five weeks after suffering a lower leg fracture. The 26-year-old had been thought to be suffering from a calf problem and was forced to withdraw from the Premiership clash with Sale before kick-off, after aggravating the problem on New Year's Day against Worcester.

The loose-head becomes the fifth player ruled out for at least part of the Six Nations, which begins on 4 February against France at Twickenham. A statement read: "Harlequins can confirm that Joe Marler has suffered a fracture to his lower left leg. He will undergo a period of rehabilitation and is expected to be fit to play again in four to five weeks. We will provide updates on his progress as and when appropriate."

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Harlequins confirmed that Marler suffered a fracture to his lower left leg during the warm-up for last weekend's win over Sale Sharks, though the prognosis is not as bad as could be feared with such an injury and as a result, the prop should only miss around five weeks which should see in back in contention for the second half of. England ’s Six Nations campaign.

Eddie Jones is facing a front-row crisis ahead of England ’s defence of their Six Nations Grand Slam crown, with prop Joe Marler the latest player ruled out of the opening of the Championship because of a broken leg . Harlequins today confirmed Marler will be out “four to five weeks” while undergoing rehabilitation having broken the lower part of his left leg warming up for the club last weekend. That means he will miss the games against France (February 4) and Wales (February 11). However, he could be available for the week leading into the Twickenham clash with Italy on February 26.

Chris Robshaw [shoulder], Manu Tuilagi, Billy Vunipola and Mako Vunipola [all knee] will miss all five matches, while there are fitness concerns surrounding a host of frontline players as Eddie Jones sweats over the make-up of his squad.

Saracens lock George Kruis will not play for another two weeks due to a fractured cheekbone, raising the possibility of him featuring against France having not played since Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, James Haskell will miss the European Champions Cup clash with Toulouse after suffering a concussion just 35 seconds into his comeback against Leicester Tigers following a seven-month absence; a match which also saw Elliot Daly taken off with a similar injury.

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Joe Marler played nine times for England in 2016 as Eddie Jones' side went the whole year unbeaten. England prop Joe Marler has fractured his lower leg while playing for Harlequins and is set to miss the start of the Six Nations in February. The loose-head, 26, is expected to be fit in four to five weeks, leaving him highly likely to be out for England 's opener against France on 4 February.

Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) - shoulder

Joe Marler (Harlequins) - lower leg

Jack Clifford (Harlequins) - concussion

Billy Vunipola (Saracens) - knee

Mako Vunipola (Saracens) - knee

George Kruis (Saracens) - cheekbone

James Haskell (Wasps) - concussion

Joe Launchbury (Wasps) - calf

Elliot Daly (Wasps) - head

Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) - knee

Jack Clifford was also withdrawn with a head injury, pushing England's injury list to 10 less than two weeks before Jones is set to announce his squad for the Championships on 20 January. Captain Dylan Hartley is currently suspended but will be available. England are the defending champions after claiming the grand slam in 2016 during a calendar year which saw them finish with a 100% record from 13 matches.

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Uncapped trio Mike Williams, Nathan Catt and Alex Lozowski all make the cut.Jones' squad has a similar feel to the 33-strong party that attended the latest two-day training camp in Brighton earlier this month, with Wasps lock Joe Launchbury back in the fold after recovering from a calf injury. Leicester Tigers loosehead Ellis Genge also makes the cut, as does versatile Exeter Chiefs playmaker Henry Slade.

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