Henry Arundell is set to miss at least England’s first two autumn Tests after injuring a bone in his foot while playing for London Irish on Friday.
Arundell traveled with England to Jersey but doubts remain over whether he will be there this month. Declan Kidney, London’s Irish rugby manager, backed Arundell’s decision to travel with the national team to continue his recovery, adding he had initially feared the young full-back could be out through the fall.
“It’s a small bone issue that we hope to sort out in maybe three weeks,” Kidney said. “He is in Jersey and it is good that he can do his rehabilitation with [England], it is important to work with your national team. The doctors remain in close contact. I hope he won’t be out for as long as the crutches will lead you to believe.
There was more positive news for England head coach Eddie Jones after Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said he hoped Owen Farrell would be declared fit to face Argentina on Sunday week. Farrell walked off the pitch in Saracens’ 22-20 win over the Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, appearing to be stunned after colliding with Joe Simmonds’ knee.
Because the 31-year-old has previously suffered concussions, he faces a mandatory 12-day waiting period under new measures introduced by World Rugby. However, McCall said Farrell has already started working on his comeback.
“He’s at the club,” McCall said. “He’s been over the last two days to see the doctors and go through the procedures and the process. There’s still a chance he could play the opener, so fingers crossed he does.
Northampton Saints, meanwhile, were more wary of Courtney Lawes’ prospects as the back rower, another England leader, continues to go through return-to-play concussion protocols. Sam Vesty explained that Lawes, who has not played since leaving in the second half of a 41-21 loss to Leicester Tigers in September, will continue to be watched closely.
“He’s going through his gradual return to play,” Vesty said. “The protocol that you have to follow there, it is part of that journey. He passed some items but needs to sort out others.