England fly-half Charlie Hodgson has fractured his foot and is set to be out of action until “well into the new year” according to Sale Sharks.
The Manchester Evening News have reported that his recovery could take up to 12 weeks, which would see him miss the first half of England’s RBS Six Nations campaign.
Assuming there are no further injury concerns over Jonny Wilkinson – which is a pretty big assumption – Hodgson may not be required anyway, but Martin Johnson may be concerned about the lack of depth at fly-half 9 months from the Rugby World Cup.
It got us thinking what the England pecking order looks like without Hodgson, and here is our current top 5:
1. Toby Flood
2. Jonny Wilkinson
3. Olly Barkley
4. Stephen Myler
5. Shane Geraghty
Alex Goode might slot in above Myler or even Barkley given his recent stint in the 10 shirt at Sarries, and although Ryan Lamb deserves a mention, I’d still have reservations about him playing for England.
What are your thoughts? Is there anyone else that deserves to be in contention?