Wood under injury cloud
January 12, 2012
Northampton's Tom Wood is one of the front runners to be named England captain © Getty Images
England flanker Tom Wood is reportedly in danger of missing the start of the forthcoming Six Nations with a foot injury.
The Northampton Saints star, who was named in England's 32-man squad yesterday, is one of the favourites to be handed the captaincy ahead of his side's Championship opener against Scotland on February 4 but interim head coach Stuart Lancaster may have to make to do without the 25-year-old's services.
The Daily Mail reports that Wood is struggling with the injury, which may force him out for two weeks and therefore sideline him for the first game of England's Six Nations defence at Murrayfield. Should the news be confirmed, it will add to Lancaster's selection headache with a number of injuries causing concern.
Fly-half Toby Flood is set to miss the Scotland clash and the meeting with Italy in Rome the following weekend with a knee strain while centre Manu Tuilagi is expected to be out for the same period of time with a hamstring injury. Lock Courtney Lawes is also struggling with a knee injury and fellow second row Louis Deacon is unlikely to feature in the Six Nations as he combats a hamstring injury.
Lancaster will wait until the end of England's training week in Leeds, which begins on January 23, before deciding who to appoint as captain. "Dylan Hartley, Chris Robshaw, Ben Youngs, Tom Wood, Toby Flood; they are the type of names I am thinking about who are going to become the future leaders of this England team - good characters, good people, talented players," Lancaster said yesterday.
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