England hopeful over Dickson injury
February 6, 2012
Lee Dickson is hopeful of facing Italy on Saturday © Getty Images
England remain hopeful that scrum-half Lee Dickson will be able to face Italy on Saturday.
Dickson broke a bone in his left hand during the 13-6 victory over Scotland and was expected to miss the trip to Rome, but his recovery has been rapid. "Lee saw a specialist last night and we're very optimistic of his chances of being available this weekend," said interim head coach Stuart Lancaster.
England's scrum-half options have dwindled with Richard Wigglesworth injured and Danny Care serving a suspension following his arrest for drink driving. Dickson's elder brother Karl, Care's understudy at Harlequins who yesterday made his first club start since mid-November, was called up as cover.
"Having had a disappointing afternoon with Lee and sent him away feeling sorry for himself, the news later on in the evening was very positive," added Lancaster. "We'll review him today and see if he's fit to train tomorrow. We hope he will be.
"The specialist is confident that he should be available for the weekend."
Lancaster revealed that prop David Wilson sustained a suspected broken jaw in Bath's 31-3 victory over Exeter yesterday and is undergoing an x-ray today. "We're waiting for the results on that before we call in a replacement. We already have four props for training for the next 48 hours," said Lancaster.
England will train at an indoor football academy by the O2 Arena tomorrow if the pitch at their Pennyhill Park base fails to defrost. Meanwhile, the Rugby Football Union have an announced a four-year extension of their partnership with O2. The agreement continues O2's presence on senior England, Saxons and women's team kit.
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