Injury blow for Lawes
Lock could be ruled out for remainder of RBS Six Nations
Last Updated: 01/03/12 4:32pm
Courtney Lawes: Out for unspecified period of time due to shin problem
England lock Courtney Lawes could miss the rest of the RBS Six Nations after picking up a shin injury.
The Northampton player, who had been sidelined with a knee injury, came off the bench to make his first appearance of the championship in last weekend's 19-12 defeat to Wales at Twickenham.
But Lawes was sent for a scan on Wednesday after complaining of soreness in his right leg and specialists have discovered an "inflammation of the tibia".
The Rugby Football Union have stated that the 23-year-old "faces an unspecified spell on the sidelines".
Lawes has been advised to keep the weight off his leg and he is expected to be out of action for weeks rather than days.
England play France in Paris a week on Sunday and end their Six Nations campaign at home to Ireland on March 17.
Interim head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "It's unfortunate for Courtney as he had just really got back into training with us but we have to listen to expert medical opinion.
"If that means he has to keep the weight off his right leg to help him recover then we have to respect that and work with Saints to manage his recovery."
Meanwhile, England No. 8 Ben Morgan has been ruled out of the Scarlets' RaboDirect PRO12 game against Connacht on Friday night by a calf strain.
Lancaster was forced to release Morgan back to the Scarlets due to International Rugby Board regulations.
Owen Farrell, who missed training yesterday through illness, was involved in Thursday's sessions at Loughborough but Chris Ashton sat it out as he recovered from sickness.