England captain Lewis Moody has been ruled out of action for 6 weeks with a knee injury, raising fears that he might miss the whole Six Nations.
The debate will begin about who should captain England, and who should fill the number 7 jersey in his absence.
Martin Johnson, England Team Manager, commented, “It is always disappointing to lose a player and leader of Lewis’ calibre but as I have consistently said good teams adapt to injuries and that is what we intend to do. While this could still mean Lewis plays a role in the RBS 6 Nations it does mean that another player gets the chance to step up and make it hard for him to get the shirt back.”
An injury replacement will be named on Monday 24th January, along with all other injury replacements, once the outcome of round 6 of the Heineken European Cup has been played. The England captain will be chosen and announced in the week leading up to the first game in line with the usual approach. Lewis will remain with his club for his rehabilitation which will happen in close consultation with the England medical team.
Leading consultant orthopaedic surgeon – and friend of The Rugby Blog – Simon Moyes, added, “Medial collateral ligament damage can be severe and hopefully it is not associated with any other injuries to the knee. The normal range for recovery is 6-12 weeks, but the disappointing thing is this is in addition to his previous knee injury. Hopefully Moody will be back in training sooner rather than later, but I fear that it is likely to be closer to 12 weeks.”