Borthwick Q&A: Updates on injuries and the squad

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As England prepare for the fourth game of the NatWest 6 Nations, England forwards coach Steve Borthwick gives an update on injuries and the squad ahead of France.  

Can you update us on injuries?

"We've got a couple of knocks and players have returned to their clubs. Jack Nowell has rolled his ankle that he injured previously earlier on this season and returned to the club this morning for further investigation.

"In addition to that Sam Underhill has injured his big toe so he won't be in contention for selection this week as that has flared up, so Sam has returned to his club.

"Zach Mercer took a knock in the Bath against Harlequins game and has been unable to train since he arrived in camp so he returned to his club this morning.

"In addition to that, we've got a couple of guys who have some muscle tightness so Dylan Hartley in the leg and Harry Williams in his neck. So what that has meant is Luke Cowan-Dickie was called up yesterday and trained with the squad fully this morning and Kyle Sinckler is in the squad as he was last week in Oxford.

"Both Dylan and Harry will be monitored on a daily basis and see how that develops."

How serious is Dylan's muscle tightness?

"Well I'm not a doctor but it was yesterday when he trained and just found it tight afterwards. You follow the procedure as advised by the medical team to monitor it daily and all that meant is we called up Luke Cowan Dickie."

Were Jack and Sam's injuries in training over the weekend?

"Yeah they were. It's really disappointing for them. It's been great having both of those players a part of our squad, they're both excellent players and we obviously want them to recover from their injuries as quickly as possible but it's unlikely Jack will be fit for the rest of this tournament but hopefully Sam will calm down quickly. 

"Whenever there is injuries there are opportunities as we've seen consistently."