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In-form England hooker George could be sidelined until May with ruptured bicep tendon
Dylan Hartley’s international understudy will miss the chance to face off against him in the Champions Cup next month.

ENGLAND AND SARACENS have been dealt a blow with the news hooker Jamie George faces up to 10 weeks on the sidelines with a ruptured bicep tendon.

George, who has come on as a replacement for skipper Dylan Hartley in each of England’s three Six Nations matches to date, was hurt in a training session this week.

In addition to being ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations, the 25-year-old will also miss Saracens’ European Champions Cup quarter-final against Hartley’s Northampton Saints next month. Indeed, if George is out for the full 10 weeks then he will not return before the Champions Cup final on 14 May.

England forwards coach Steve Borthwick said: “He will be out for a period of time, eight to 10 weeks has been suggested by the doctor.”

As a result of George’s setback, Luke Cowan-Dickie has been retained in England’s squad for Saturday’s potential championship decider against Wales at Twickenham.

Cowan-Dickie has one Test cap to his name, having come off the bench in a home fixture against France last August.

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