Saracens lock George Kruis ruled out of England tour to South Africa through injury.
The Saracens lock has been ruled out of England's summer tour to South Africa, requiring ankle surgery.
The 28-year-old will go under the knife at the end of the club season. Kruis will take part in Saracens end of season run-in, taking the decision to have the ongoing issue fixed at the cost of the trip to the Southern Hemisphere.
Eddie Jones will now be without two of his top choice locks, with Northampton's Courtney Lawes also ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Kruis brings the total number of front-line squad members available to Head Coach Eddie Jones to six with Lawes, captain Dylan Hartley, number eight Nathan Hughes, centre Jonathan Joseph and wing/fullback Anthony Watson all ruled out of the June tour with varying ailments.
England's tour ambitions would however have received a boost over the weekend, with Billy Vunipola making his long awaited return to fitness during Saracens 51-14 victory over London Irish.
Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall commented on Vunipola's injury at the Madjeski yesterday:
"It's good to get him back on the park, we'll try to give him as much game time as we can next week and start him I'm sure against Gloucester next weekend, all being well.
"I don't think anyone sees it, but it was really tough when he broke his arm. He was very emotional straight after that.
"But he just believes that whatever will be will be, things happen for a reason but now he's back and doing what he likes best."