Sam Underhill is at risk of missing England's Six Nations opener next month after sustaining ligament damage to his right ankle last weekend.
England are set to host Ireland at Twickenham on February 2nd, taking on the reigning Six Nations champions on the tournaments' opening weekend.
The nine-times capped England openside sustained his injury during Bath's Premiership victory over Leicester Tigers at the Recreation Ground. Having originally attempted to play on with heavy strapping, the former Ospreys and Gloucester flanker retired to the sidelines. Underhill is expected to require a month-long rehabilitation period and will face a race against time to feature in the heavyweight clash at Twickenham
Bath have also confirmed that club captain Matt Garvey is set for an extended period on the sidelines after fracturing his ankle in the same game. Garvey's injury will require surgery and is expected to rule him out for three to four months.
Sale Sharks flanker Tom Curry, who announced a long-term contract extension with Sale this morning, will be expected to start at seven for England should Underhill fail to return to fitness.