It has been confirmed that England Second rower and World player of the year nominee Maro Itoje could miss the start of next years Six Nations after suffering a broken Jaw playing for his club Saracens against Harlequins on Sunday.
The 23 year old, suffered the injury at the start of the second half after colliding with his England team mate Mike Brown who was playing fullback for the Harlequins and after some minor treatment on the field, Itoje was forced to leave the field as the extent of his injury was revealed to be a fractured jaw in two places.
Having already undergone an operation to have two metal plates inserted, he is reported to seeing his specialist at the end of the week. The originally prognosis is reported to be around the 8 week mark, which leaves him very close to the Six Nations opener against Italy on Sunday 4th February.
Itoje who has 14 caps to his name. started every match as England won the 6 nations last season, before playing a large part in the successful Lions tour that drew the series 1-1 with World Champion New Zealand in the Summer. Since returning back to the England side for the Autumn Internationals he was rested against Argentina, before coming of the bench to play a huge part in England’s record win over Australia at Twickenham, earning a recall to the starting team the following week against Samoa.
The Injury will also be a blow to his club side as their star pack man will miss their next four European Cup games, in addition to three premiership matches that includes a vital trip to Leicester Tigers on Christmas Eve.