London - England prop Alex Corbisiero has been ruled out of his side's opening
November Test against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday, coach Stuart
Lancaster announced on Monday.
Corbisiero twisted his left knee
playing for club side Northampton just over a fortnight ago and won't be
fit to face the Wallabies.
However, he is expected to be available for England's subsequent Twickenham international against Argentina on November 9.
"Alex won't be available for Australia but he's looking good for the following weekend," Lancaster said Monday.
need to make sure we managed his return to play and recovery over the
next four or five days," he added, stressing Corbisiero's injury was not
related to his previous knee problems.
"The injury is a bang he took in the Castres game, it could happen to anyone."
Lancaster said he was confident hooker Dylan Hartley and prop David
Wilson will be available for selection when the England team to play the
Wallabies is announced on Thursday.
Hartley and Wilson are
suffering from ankle and calf injuries respectively, meaning Rob Webber
and Henry Thomas were added to the squad as injury cover on Sunday.
and David are making good progress and I'm pretty optimistic that both
will be available to train fully, definitely by Thursday," Lancaster
"Dylan can throw in the line-outs, we just don't want to
risk him in the live session tomorrow. They've both played a lot of
rugby this season."
Australia have lost seven of their 10 matches this year, but won 20-14 at Twickenham last November.
Wallabies are improving massively in their quality of performances,"
said Lancaster. "I saw them play Argentina and New Zealand and they were
right up there.
"We know we face a massive threat against them.
They're a good side with quality players. We won't be taking them for
granted -- we lost to them last year."
Corbisiero missed last
season's Six Nations with a tight knee problem but returned for
England's June tour of Argentina and was subsequently called up the
British and Irish Lions tour of Australia where he scored the combined
side's opening try in their decisive third Test win in Sydney that saw
them to a 2-1 series triumph.