Harlequins flanker and former England captain Chris Robshaw has been ruled out of the national side's Autumn Internationals campaign with knee surgery.
The 66-times-capped backrower missed Harlequins European victory over French side Agen last weekend, with Harlequins confirming the 32-year-old will be out for two months following surgery.
Harlequins Head of Rugby Paul Gustard commented: “We are hugely disappointed to lose Chris for a short period of time while he recovers from this injury. Not least because he has been one of our standout performers across our first seven games this season and also because this period in the calendar provides the opportunity to represent England in the Autumn Internationals and I am sure he would have featured strongly in Eddie Jones’ plans for those matches.
“Knowing Chris’ character and resilience I am confident he will make the most of this opportunity and come back even better and stronger. He will still play an active role in leading our team despite not being able to take the field.”
The news of Robshaw's injury piles yet further selection headaches to the door of England boss Eddie Jones, who is already facing Tests against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia stripped of a host of his best options in the backrow and at loosehead prop.
Billy Vunipola - Fractured arm
Chris Robshaw - Knee
Nathan Hughes - Expected ban
Sam Simmonds - Knee
Absentee loosehead props:
Joe Marler - Recently retired
Mako Vunipola - Calf
Ellis Genge - Knee
Beno Obano - Knee
Matt Mullan - Knee