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The back-row forward was forced off at half-time of England’s 39-10 victory over Argentina on Saturday after twisting his ankle, and although the England camp are not too concerned on the issue, they will not know a final verdict until his scan results return on Tuesday.
“He has had a scan and that is ongoing, and we will have a clearer picture tomorrow,” said assistant coach Neal Hatley on Monday. “He is being assessed and that will go on throughout the day and we will see how he pulls up.
“We assessed him after the game, gave him 24 hours to see where that gets him so he has another 24 hours and then we will make a firm diagnosis and he is walking around with a smile on his face. We will know a lot more on Tuesday and he did have a scan as a precaution.”
Hatley also played down any fears over Joe Marler after the loosehead prop limped off in the 63rd minute of Saturday’s victory, though he did confirm that he will have a check-up on a back issue on Tuesday before returning to full contact training.
Beyond those two issues, England appear to have a full complement to select from, although it looks certain that Billy Vunipola will not be risked in the weekend’s Pool C showdown with France regardless of what the verdict is on his injury.
It means that England lose one of their prime ball carriers, requiring a number of the pack to take on an extra responsibility with the ball in hand.
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