Six Nations: England’s Maro Itoje out of France and Wales matches

Itoje joined in England’s celebrations on crutches after the victory over Ireland

England forward Maro Itoje will miss the Six Countries fits in opposition to France and Wales with a knee shatter.

The 24-one year-aged Saracens lock suffered medial ligament damage in some unspecified time in the future of England’s 32-20 get over Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

Itoje is anticipated to be out for two to four weeks, but will follow the squad and might well well return for the final two fits of the championship.

Fellow Saracen Cleave Isiekwe has been referred to as into the squad as quilt.

Wasps’ Joe Launchbury is favourite to be drafted into the matchday squad for the game in opposition to France at Twickenham on Sunday, with Courtney Lawes stepping up from the replacements after approaching in opposition to Ireland.

“He’s a gleaming player and he’s a world-class player,” England scrum-half of Danny Care, who disregarded out on option for Eddie Jones’ squad, told Rugby Union Weekly.

“He’s a man who offers you an fabulous amount of energy every defensive and attacking play, he’s in your face, he’s somebody groups attain no longer are trying to play in opposition to.

“He’s a huge loss for England. I’m hoping he’s motivate as soon as that you might maybe maybe well presumably mediate but there’ll most definitely be other gamers who can step up to the plate.”

Itoje chipped a bone in his knee on England accountability in November but played in all four autumn Tests.

England are level on facets with Scotland at the highest of the Six Countries desk after claiming a four-try bonus-point victory of their opening match.

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