Foden to miss start of England’s Six Nations

England full-back and wing Ben Foden is expected to miss the start of England’s Six Nations campaign after he injured his knee while playing for Aviva Premiership Rugby club Northampton Saints.

Twenty-eight-year-old Foden was injured in Northampton’s 0-18 Premiership victory over Newcastle Falcons on the weekend.

Northampton Saints coach Jim Mallinder said Foden wasn’t likely to return until February at the earliest and the Six Nations starts in the first weekend of February.

“I think it will be around the 12-week mark that Ben will be out for,” Mallinder told the European Rugby Cup website.

“It’s very unfortunate for him,” added Mallinder.

“He’s very confident he can get back before then, he’s always positive, which is good, so we’ll have to see how that goes.

“He’s in a positive frame of mind. It could have been worse, it could have been better. Ben is a quick healer but you cannot rush these things.”

Foden has fallen down the England pecking order at full-back behind incumbent Mike Brown and Alex Goode but has been selected on the wing in recent matches.

His versatility saw him win his 34th Test cap as a wing in England’s last international which was against Rugby World champions New Zealand at Twickenham.

He joins an England injury list that includes back-row Tom Croft, centre Manu Tuilagi, Northampton prop Alex Corbisiero and lock Geoff Parling, all of whom are set for lengthy spells on the sidelines.

For Northampton, he will miss several upcoming Heineken Cup group matches including the double-header against Ireland’s three-time European champions Leinster and the final home clash with French Top 14 champions Castres.

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