Lewis Moody has emerged as a doubt for England’s World Cup squad after a scan on his injured right knee on Tuesday revealed he has strained his medial ligament.
The 33-year-old flanker,who was widely expected to captain England at next month’s tournament in New Zealand, suffered a recurrence of the injury that forced him to miss the Six Nations during Saturday’s 23-19 win over Wales.
Scrum coach Graham Rowntree said: “It’s too early to say if Lewis will be on the plane, we will see how he develops over the next few days. We’ll know much more this time next week.
“On Saturday night Lewis was very optimistic and he was walking about the next day. That’s a good sign. But it’s still early days and it is a mild strain, not a bad one. Our medics have done fantastic things in the past so let’s hope they do again. He’s vital for us going forward because he has done great things in the past.
“Would Lewis be missed? Of course he would. But let’s cross that bridge if we come to it.”
“We wouldn’t be the first World Cup squad to take players who are injured,” said Rowntree.
“We will just have to wait and see how things pan out. We haven’t spoken about a hard and fast rule on injured players.”