Cape Town - Courtney Lawes has
been forced to leave the England training camp and is a major doubt for
the November international opener against South Africa.
Northampton Saints lock Lawes first complained of a back injury on
October 6 and then missed two weeks of action, returning in last
weekend's victory over Dragons.
And now England forwards coach Steve Borthwick has confirmed that
Lawes will return home from the national side's training camp in
Portugal to undergo 'specialist treatment' on the same back injury.
“Courtney Lawes will return to England today for specialist treatment
on a pre-existing back injury,” Borthwick told Sky Sports on Saturday.
“He is expected to return to Portugal early next week. He has taken part
in modified training this week.”
England head coach Eddie Jones is already without the services of Joe
Launchbury, with one of George Kruis, Charlie Ewels or Elliot Stooke
set to partner Maro Itoje in the second row.