England suffer fresh injury concern
October 2, 2013
Dave Attwood charges forward while on England duty in the summer © Getty Images
England are sweating on the fitness of second-row Dave Attwood after he picked up an injury at the weekend.
Attwood was forced off after just five minutes with a rib injury during Bath's match against London Irish on Saturday. The second-row was captaining his club side and looked set to be involved in the autumn Tests which start for England against Australia on November 2.
His Bath coach Mike Ford is optimistic Attwood will be fit in time for the start of the autumn Tests but they are waiting to determine the extent of the lock's injury.
"It's tough to know at the moment how long he will be out until the injury settles down," Ford told the Daily Mail. "He's definitely out on Friday and may not play the week after that as well. We will have to see, but he should be okay for England."
Attwood turned out in both Tests against Argentina in the summer starting alongside Joe Launchbury. Geoff Parling will also be back in the mix for the autumn internationals having missed England's summer tour due to being on British & Irish Lions duty.
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