Tom Wood hopes to play some part in England’s Six Nations campaign despite being ruled out of the first two matches against Scotland and Italy after picking up a toe injury.
The Northampton Saints flanker has been told that he will have to wear a protective boot on his left foot for the next four weeks.
Wood, who was one of the leading candidates to captain the England side in the tournament following Lewis Moody’s decision to retire from the international arena, will still attend the team’s pre-Six Nations training camp in Leeds next week. People looking at the pre-tournament 6 nations betting will be wondering if he can get back into contention.
He said: “There is never a good time to be injured and I’m obviously very disappointed but I’m working closely with the medics, at both Northampton Saints and England, who will be keeping a close eye on it and assessing it day by day.”
An injury in one area is also an opportunity to develop strengths and improve in others. I will still travel to Leeds next week so that I am part of the squad as it gels and begins to establish its own culture and values.”Interim England head coach Stuart Lancaster already has a host of injuries to contend with. Leicester Tigers trio Toby Flood, Manu Tuilagi and Louis Deacon are all sidelined through injury, at least for the Scotland and Italy games, while Northampton lock Courtney Lawes is battling to overcome a knee problem.
In Wood’s absence, Lancaster could hand number eight Ben Morgan his Test debut in the Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland, while Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw has emerged as the favourite to captain his country.