Morgan in doubt for Six Nations

Date published: January 10 2015

England number eight Ben Morgan is a serious doubt for the upcoming Six Nations after suffering an ankle injury in Gloucester’s 24-23 win over Saracens on Friday.

Morgan was taken off on a stretcher after being given oxygen on the pitch following what looked like nasty injury in a hard-fought battle at Kingsholm.

With England’s opening Six Nations clash against Wales less than a month away, Morgan must be considered doubtful for most of the campaign.

It was a bitter-sweet night for Gloucester as a last-minute James Hook penalty snatched victory, but only after the home side saw prop Nick Wood also leave on a stretcher following a neck injury.

“It’s always very hard immediately after the game to give any sort of information about injuries,” said Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys.

“It obviously didn’t look very good, as did Nick Wood’s but at this stage it’s hard to tell and we won’t know until we get a full medical review on Monday.

“When you see someone coming off on a stretcher (Ben Morgan) it’s never a good sign.

“I don’t believe it’s a fracture but I don’t know because we haven’t had the opportunity to x-ray or scan him. It’s impossible to say at this stage but he felt it was painful and couldn’t go on.

“Nick picked up a neck injury and with the nature of that a lot ofit is precautionary.”

To compound Gloucester’s woes, they also lost Charlie Sharples, with the speedster limping off with a bad gash to his shin.