Jones wary Owen Farrell to miss Ireland clash

England’s head coach Eddie Jones is hopeful that Owen Farrell will be fit enough for England’s Six Nations opener against Ireland on February 2nd.

A thumb injury ruled Farrell out of Saracens’ European Champions Cup match 38-19 win against spirited Glasgow Warriors securing a home Champions Cup quarter final.

Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall said the issue is set to keep Farrell out of action for seven to 10 days which would put his selection for the opening Six Nations match away to Ireland at risk.

Even if Farrell’s thumb heals as expected, his ability to train will be severely restricted. In the event Farrell suffers a setback, his place at fly-half would be taken by George Ford with Henry Slade providing further cover after Danny Cipriani was omitted from the training squad named by Eddie Jones on Thursday.

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