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Lawes set to miss rest of Six Nations

FRACTURE: Lawes

ONE OF England's most imposing players looks set to miss the rest of the Six Nations with a shin injury.

The 6'7" Courtney Lawes has sustained a hairline fracture and has been told to rest, which could rule him out of the remaining fixtures against France and Ireland.

Having previously struggled this year with a knee injury, Lawes' only appearance in the tournament was against Wales last Saturday (February 25).

The Northampton Saints lock came off the bench only to concede a decisive turnover to Welsh centre Scott Williams, who scored the winning try last Saturday (February 25).

England head coach Stuart Lancaster was disappointed with the setback.

"It's unfortunate for Courtney as he had just really got back into training with us," said Lancaster.

"But we have to listen to expert medical opinion and if that means he has to keep the weight off his right leg to help him recover then we have to respect that and work with Saints to manage his recovery."

Saints manager Jim Malinder seconded Lancaster's statement. He told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo: "The results have come back, we've not heard the official yet, but he seems to have suffered a slight problem there and he will be out for a number of weeks.

"It's disappointing and he's just going to have to put his foot up and take a bit of time to make sure he recovers so he can play again this season."

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