Some good news for the England RFU camp was announced this week as Saracens officials revealed that Maro Itoje injury wasn’t as bad as first through and that he would be back in time for England’s Six Nations opener against Italy.
The England forward underwent surgery 2 weeks ago, having two metal plates inserted after suffering a fractured jaw in a collision with England team mate Mike Hill during Saracens 20-19 defeat to Harlequins Current Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was at first cautious over the 23 year old, world player of the year nominee’s return to the field, but after discussions with the clubs medical staff he is now optimistic that Itoje could even be fit for the clubs European Champions Cup games against the Ospreys and Northampton in January.
“Maro is probably three or four weeks away,” said Saracens' director of rugby Mark McCall to the BBC
“He went to see the specialist who said a maximum of six weeks and he's already done a week and a half.”
The injury brought a sad end to what has been a fantastic 2017 for Itoje, who was a leading figure for England as they retained their 6 nations title, before going on to star for the Great Britain and Irish Lions during their drawn summer tour with New Zealand All Blacks.
After being rested for England’s opening game of the Autumn internationals, he came of the bench to play a major part in England’s record win over Australia, before starting the final game against Samoa the week later.