England sweating on Flutey for internationals

London Wasps centre Riki Flutey could miss England’s clash with the All Blacks after he suffered a calf injury in his team’s 37-10 Premiership by Northampton Saints.


Flutey was helped from the field in the 31st minute and the severity of his injury has him in doubt for England’s date at Twickenham with New Zealand on November the 6th.


Thirty year old Flutey has returned to England after a year playing in France and was a near-certainty to be selected at inside centre for England.


Flutey’s boss at London Wasps agrees that his participation in England’s internationals is in doubt.


“Riki’s pretty sore at the moment. It’s an injury to the calf, quite high,” he said.


“He’ll be assessed by England tonight when he goes into camp with them. Hopefully he won’t be out for too long.


“These things can take a day or two before you learn how bad they are, but he was definitely pretty sore.” he told the Examiner.


England will also have to asses the fitness of the ageing Simon Shaw who was forced to withdraw from the clash at Adams Park after he picked up an injury in training.


Another potential problem for England could be that scrum-half Joe Simpson who is competing with Ben Youngs for England’s number nine jersey, picked up a shoulder injury.


“Simon will also be looked at by England tonight. He had a calf strain on Friday,” said Hanks.


“It was innocuous but he wasn’t fit to play. Hopefully it’s not long-term.


“Joe has a sore shoulder. He’s being looked at. It was late in the game but whether or not he could carry on we were going to take him off.”

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