Lancaster plays down Corbisiero fears
October 16, 2013
Stuart Lancaster is optimistic Alex Corbisiero will play some part in the autumn Tests © Getty Images
England coach Stuart Lancaster has allayed fears over Alex Corbisiero's fitness and remains hopeful the loose-head will play some part in the autumn series.
Reports on Wednesday suggested the British & Irish Lions prop was set to miss England's three Tests with a knee injury.
This suggestion was put to Lancaster when he unveiled the 34-man squad for the autumn internationals and while Lancaster admitted there were some concerns over Corbisiero's knee, he was optimistic that he will be fit to play some part in the three-Test series which starts against Australia on November 2.
"Alex has had a bit of fluid drained off his knee," Lancaster said. "It is recommended that he has a couple of weeks of rehab so he is definitely not out of the series by any stretch of the imagination. Everyone is optimistically hoping that he will come through and be available for some if not all of the games, but at the moment he is having some fluid drained off the knee.
"He will have to have some rehab this week probably leading into next week, so we will see how we go, we are keeping an open mind on it."
Corbisiero played just three times for London Irish last term but played a key role in the Lions' 2-1 series win over Australia in the summer and scored in the third Test. And Lancaster is optimistic Corbisiero's troublesome knee will not harm his prospects of playing in the 2015 World Cup.
Lancaster added: "Long-term it is obviously something he has struggled with. But with good management we are optimistic - Northampton have been excellent really - that we will be able to see him through right the way through to 2015 and beyond."
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