Maro Itoje ruled out of England’s Six Nations clash with Wales due to knee ligament damage
- England face Wales at the Millennium Stadium in the Six Nations on Saturday
- Second row Maro Itoje will miss the big game due to a knee injury
- Itoje sustained the injury in the opening-weekend victory over Ireland
England have confirmed that Maro Itoje will miss Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations clash with Wales because of knee ligament damage.
Itoje sustained the injury in the opening-weekend victory over Ireland and missed the rout of France a week later.
It was suggested on Monday that he could recover in time for the title showdown at the Principality Stadium – despite not being named in England’s 33-man training squad – but that unlikely prospect has vanished.
England have confirmed that Maro Itoje will miss Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Wales
Itoje (left) sustained a knee injury in the opening-weekend victory over Ireland
‘Maro is continuing his rehabilitation on a daily basis. He will not be available for Saturday’s game,’ forwards coach Steve Borthwick said.
Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar are both in training with Wales ahead of Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations showdown against England.
Scarlets full-back Halfpenny has not played since suffering concussion when Wales beat Australia on November 10.
Fly-half Biggar, meanwhile, went off with his knee heavily strapped during Northampton’s Gallagher Premiership victory over Sale Sharks three days ago.
The second row was seen in crutches following his side’s win at the Aviva Stadium
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