England's Ben Morgan expected to feature in Six Nations
Last Updated: February 18, 2013 5:28pm
Ben Morgan: Recovering from an ankle injury
England coach Stuart Lancaster expects number eight Ben Morgan to play some part in the Six Nations as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.
The 23-year-old suffered the injury in England's opening victory over Scotland and will miss this weekend's clash with France but could return for their match against Italy on March 10.
Morgan is back with his club Gloucester along with fly-half Freddie Burns, who is receiving treatment for a knee problem.
"Morgan and Burns are making slow progress," Lancaster said. "Freddie is further down the line, but they won't play this weekend so it will be another week or so.
"Ben will be fine. It's an ankle injury similar to the one Manu Tuilagi had. Manu was out for four or five weeks and Ben will be about the same.
"He wants to get himself right so he can push for selection against Italy."
Centre Jonathan Joseph has been ruled out for two weeks with a toe injury, but full back Ben Foden has made good progress in his battle with ankle damage and will play for Northampton against Bath on Saturday.
Fly-half Toby Flood and flanker James Haskell missed training on Monday because of a tight calf and flu respectively.
England resume their Six Nations against France on Saturday as the only team still capable of winning the Grand Slam.
Les Bleus limp into Twickenham on the back of successive defeats to Italy and Wales and with coach Philippe Saint-Andre under attack over selection, but Lancaster insists they remain formidable opposition.
"If you look at their performances in the autumn, the three wins over Samoa, Argentina and Australia show they are not a bad side," he said.
"They beat Australia 33-6 and Australia then beat us. While we'll take something out of their first two Six Nations games, we'll also take something out of those autumn internationals and make sure we're ready for them."