January 6, 2017 / 9:34 PM / 10 months ago

Shoulder problem could sideline England's Robshaw from Six Nations

LONDON (Reuters) - England flanker Chris Robshaw could miss the Six Nations after aggravating an existing shoulder problem that could require surgery, his club Harlequins said on Friday.

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“Disappointing to start this year with this shoulder injury. Will know the full extent on Monday,” the 30-year-old former England captain said on Twitter.

“I‘m seeing a specialist and will know more after that. It’s all up in the air at the moment and it’s hard to know where I stand.”

Robshaw suffered the setback at Worcester last weekend.

Coach Eddie Jones faces a number of injury woes ahead of their first Six Nations game against France on Feb 4.

“Chris will see a specialist early next week to determine the best course of action for his recovery; either an extended period of rest and rehabilitation, or an operation,” the club said in a statement.

Billy and Mako Vunipola have been sidelined with knee injuries, while Joe Launchbury has a calf problem. James Haskell and George Kruis are doubtful with a foot injury and fractured cheekbone respectively.

Captain Dylan Hartley also faces a fitness test following a six-week suspension.

Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Toby Davis

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