Double blow for England
Rees out, Strettle doubtful to return
Last Updated: 05/02/08 4:30pm
Strettle hobbles off
England flanker Tom Rees has been ruled out of the rest of the RBS Six Nations Championship, while winger David Strettle is unlikely to take any further part.
Rees' club Wasps have confirmed the forward has suffered a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Harlequins say Strettle will be out of action for between four to eight weeks with a hairline fracture to a metatarsal in his left foot.
Both players were forced off during the second half of England's 26-19 defeat by Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.
Wasps director of rugby Ian McGeechan said: "This is very disappointing news, particularly bearing in mind the way Tom was playing in Saturday's game and I think his departure had a significant impact on England's performance in the remainder of the game.
"Our medical and rehab team will be working very hard in the coming weeks to get Tom back to full fitness as soon as possible."
Strettle saw a specialist on Monday and it was confirmed he has sustained a hairline fracture to the fifth metatarsal.
It is estimated he will be out of action for up to eight weeks, although he will return to see the specialist in three weeks' time to assess his progress.
England will also be without centre Mike Tindall (bruised liver) and flanker Lewis Moody (Achilles) for Sunday's game against Italy in Rome.
Tindall remains under observation in a London hospital and is unlikely to play any further part in this season's championship.