England’s Corbisiero likely to miss Six Nations

Alex Corbisiero has left Northampton Saints

England prop Alex Corbisiero looks almost certain to miss the 2016 Six Nations Championship as he needs surgery on his knee.

Twenty-seven-year-old Corbisiero has had limited playing time since the end of last season and could only make one appearance in England’s pre-World Cup match against France.

Corbisiero injured his back in that match and as a result missed the World Cup squad.

It has now been revealed that the Northampton Saints prop will have surgery on Tuesday which will extend his time on the sidelines until next year.

“Six Nations is a very long way off for him, I think his focus is on getting himself fit and back in the Northampton squad,” said Saints boss Jim Mallinder told the BBC.

“We have to keep positive with him, you don’t chuck injured lads over the boat, you do whatever you can to get them fit as quickly as possible.”

The procedure that Corbisiero will have is not thought to be major surgery and is more of a “clean out” but its highly unlikely he will be fit for selection at the start of the Six Nations.

“It’s an operation which is just a bit of a clean out, nothing major, he just has a bit of a niggle,” Mallinder added.

“It’s not good for him, he is being positive and we are being positive. The surgeon is pretty positive he can sort him out, so he will go under the knife and hopefully he’ll be back sooner rather than later.”

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