Sport England's Billy Vunipola injured in Ospreys draw

08:20  14 january  2018
08:20  14 january  2018 Source:   Omnisport

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  Boost for Saracens and England as Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje set to return Vunipola is back from a knee injury while Itoje is fit again following a broken jawPowerful number eight Vunipola has been sidelined since September because of a knee injury, raising concerns that he might not be fit for the start of this season’s NatWest 6 Nations.

Clermont host Ospreys next week and Saracens are at home to Saints. However, of much bigger concern for Sarries will be yet another injury to No.8 Billy Vunipola - who failed to emerge from the dressing room in the second half, after injuring his wrist in an attempted tackle.

They remain third in a group they cannot win while Ospreys will top it if they topple faltering Clermont Auvergne in France. Saracens’ hurt was deepened by a wrist injury suffered by their England No8, Billy Vunipola who was replaced at the interval.

vunipola - CROPPED: Saracens' Billy Vunipola. © Provided by Omnisport Saracens' Billy Vunipola.

Billy Vunipola suffered a fresh injury setback as he failed to emerge for the second half of Saracens' 15-15 Champions Cup draw with the Ospreys on Saturday.

England number eight Vunipola only returned from three months out with a knee issue last weekend, but a wrist injury curtailed his involvement in Swansea.

Defence coach Alex Sanderson revealed during an interview with BT Sport that Vunipola - who also missed the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand with a shoulder injury last year - "can't feel his wrist", raising further questions over whether he will play a part in England's Six Nations campaign.

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Three dead, around 30 injured in Czech bus crash: police. AFP/File / Justin TALLIS Billy Vunipola (L) suffered a wrist injury against the Ospreys , while James Haskell (R) was sent off in Wasps' dramatic 33-28 defeat by Harlequins.

The back-row forward may now be unable to train until Thursday at the earliest after suffering the injury during England ’ s 37-21 win over South Africa at Twickenham last Saturday. An update on Vunipola ’s fitness is expected on Wednesday, with the Fiji-born Nathan Hughes set to take his place

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Speaking after playing 70 minutes against Wasps last Sunday, Vunipola said: "It means a great deal [to come back] and I feel I'll be better for it next week and hopefully, if I can keep going like this, I'll be back to where I was in no time.

"It can be frustrating being injured but there can be higher powers at work. It taught me a huge lesson about looking after myself better in terms of recovery and sleep. I thought I did that better this time. Whatever runs for me, I'll just try to smash it.

Billy Vunipola © Getty Billy Vunipola

"If I can convince [England coach] Eddie [Jones] I am in the right shape and playing well enough to be picked in his squad, then great.

"I want to play for England as much as I can and I have missed it but right now my biggest focus is playing well for Saracens and hopefully transferring that on to the pitch at Twickenham."

Meanwhile, England flanker James Haskell was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Jamie Roberts in Wasps' defeat to Harlequins and a ban could render him unavailable for selection by Jones.

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