Saracens confirm fractured forearm for Billy Vunipola

Jose Verdugo
Enero 14, 2018

Billy Vunipola is a major doubt for England's upcoming Six Nations title defence after Saracens confirmed that the number eight has fractured his forearm.

Vunipola suffered the injury in Saracens' 15-15 draw with the Ospreys in their European Champions Cup Pool Two clash on Saturday.

It is desperate news for England, with Nathan Hughes also unavailable for at least the first three matches of the Six Nations with a knee injury, and similarly deflating for Vunipola, who was making only his second appearance following almost four months on the sidelines due to a knee injury that required surgery.

Vunipola played on for the final stages of the first half, offering hope that the damage - sustained in a challenge with Ospreys' Rob McCusker - was not too serious.

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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.

"Billy is due to see a specialist later this week, when a time-frame for recovery may be defined", said a Saracens spokesman.

England are already likely to be without Nathan Hughes for the entire Six Nations because of a knee injury, while back-row option James Haskell could be in disciplinary trouble over a high tackle.

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