Six Nations injury blow for England's Vunipola

From BBC - January 14, 2018

Saracens and England number eight Billy Vunipola is set to miss the Six Nations after fracturing his forearm.

The 25-year-old was forced off at half-time in Sarries' 15-15 draw with Ospreys in the European Champions Cup.

He had only recently returned to action after a knee operation last autumn.

X-rays confirmed the latest injury and Vunipola is set to see a specialist this week to confirm how long he will be out of action - initial suggestions are he could be out for 10 weeks.

The 2018 Six Nations takes place from 3 February to 18 March, with England starting their campaign away in Italy.

Vunipola was expected to be named in England's squad for the tournament on Thursday, having returned to action for his club earlier this month after knee ligament surgery in September.

The past year has been littered with injuries for the player capped 34 times by his country, and he was forced to miss last summer's British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand because of a shoulder problem.



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