Farrell added to England injury list

Date published: January 25 2015

Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell and Bath centre Kyle Eastmond could have joined England’s growing casualty list ahead of their Six Nations opener against Wales.

Farrell left Clermont’s Stade Marcel-Michelin on crutches and with his left knee strapped in a brace following Sunday’s 18-6 European Champions Cup defeat.

Meanwhile Eastmond was forced off the field with a recurrence of the shoulder problem he sustained in Toulouse a week earlier in Bath’s narrow win over Glasgow.

Although Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall tried to play-down the injury, the force with which Farrell’s knee was twisted in a clash with Clermont flank Julien Bardy does not bode well.

The 23-year-old will undergo scans on Monday to determine whether he will available for the trip to the Millennium Stadium.

“It’s a knee injury and we don’t know the full extent of it yet,” said McCall.

“It’s complicated with knee injuries. Sometimes you can do that [walk off] and it’s more serious than it looks. But we’ll get it looked after, and we’ll know about it in the next few days.”

The prognosis for Eastmond appears to be better.

“Kyle came off last week with a shoulder [knock], and he’s just taken another knock,” said Bath head coach Mike Ford.

“He says he is fine, and we don’t think it is too bad. The doctor was pretty adamant that he had to come off, and it was the right thing to do.”