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England fly half Owen Farrell has been ruled out of the entire Six Nations with an injury to his knee, reports the BBC.
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The 23-year-old sustained the high grade medial ligament strain while playing for Saracens in the European Champions Cup. He joins Jo Launchbury and Ed Slater on the sidelines for the entire tournament.
It had originally been hoped that the knee problem was not too serious, but scans by specialists on Tuesday confirmed the worst.
It is likely that George Ford will now be given a start at fly-half, although Stephen Myler and the recently recalled Danny Cipriani will both be hoping for their own inclusion.
England play their first game of the championship against Wales on the 6th February. Stuart Lancaster will be hoping that no more players are ruled out, with Kyle Eastmond, Brad Barritt, Tom Wood, and Geoff Parling among those already doubtful to be available.