Mako Vunipola England forward Shields in race to be fit for World Cup

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England loose forward Brad Shields faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup after being ruled out for up to six weeks by his foot injury.

Shields last week returned home from England’s warm weather training camp in Treviso after sustaining ligament damage and could miss all four preparation Tests, starting with Wales at Twickenham on Sunday week.

Eddie Jones will ideally make a call on his fitness before August 12 when he names his 31-man squad for Japan 2019, but with the tournament opener against Tonga not taking place until September 22 there is still scope for his inclusion.

A fit Shields would be destined for World Cup selection, but with Mako Vunipola, George Kruis and Jack Nowell also in various stages of rehabilitation, the squad would be in danger of carrying an escalat

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