Stuart Lancaster has confirmed that fly-half Owen Farrell will miss the final test against New Zealand this weekend. The fly-half, who started the second test which England lost narrowly 28-27, has strained the medial ligament in his knee and will be out for a few weeks.
He will remain with the squad until they fly back on Sunday.
“The knee has been scanned and there is a strain there,” Stuart Lancaster said. “It’s disappointing for Owen as he was desperate to play in the final Test but such is his character that he is already working on his rehab and still contributing to the tour. Fortunately we have three other fly halves to call on and we’ll make that selection call over the next few days.
“The squad trained well this morning and we will narrow down selection over the next 24 hours following the game this evening.”
Freddie Burns, Danny Cipriani and Stephen Myler are the options on tour to replace him, with Burns, who started the first test and benched in the second, likely to start, but both Cipriani and Myler, who will feature in the Crusaders game this morning, will be looking to press their claims for the bench spot.
Elsewhere, Lancaster described scrum half Danny Care as “50/50 at best” to make the third test and confirmed that he hasn’t trained yet this week. Billy Twelvetrees and Luther Burrell, who are both doubts also, did train today and barring any reactions, will be available for Saturday.
England name their squad for the final test tomorrow evening.
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